Tuesday Musings: A remarkable aspect of your mental life is that you are rarely stumped.



“A remarkable aspect of your mental life is that you are rarely stumped … The normal state of your mind is that you have intuitive feelings and opinions about almost everything that comes your way. You like or dislike people long before you know much about them; you trust or distrust strangers without knowing why; you feel that an enterprise is bound to succeed without analyzing it.” - Daniel Kahneman

I was just having this conversation with a coworker of mine yesterday. We have biases that allow us to make snap decisions based on our past experiences, sometimes justified sometimes not. But when we make these decisions we are destroying our chances of making a case by case observation.

We’re quick to jump to conclusions because we give too much weight to the information in front of us and we fail to search for new information, which might disprove our thoughts.

The process of rational thought is to find all the variables , weight the opportunity costs, and eliminate any biases you may have. Only then do you make your final choice.

The process that you came to your conclusions is far more important than the outcome, if you can follow a rational path to your conclusions you will be ok.


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