An interesting article describing several subconscious mistakes we make everyday with our minds comes from Inc.com.
- We surround ourselves with information that matches our beliefs – and by extension, peoplewith those beliefs…
- We believe in the “swimmer’s body” illusion.
- We worry about things we’ve already lost.
- We incorrectly predict odds.
- We rationalize purchases we don’t want – like that new iPad that came out one week ago and you still got the iPad 3 weeks ago
- We make decisions based on the anchoring effect.
- We believe our memories more than facts – because it feels like the memory is clearer than facts
- We pay more attention to stereotypes than we think we do.
While reading the article, my first reaction to each was; "I don’t do that" but remember, this is about the things we do subconsciously and hence may have no real memory of it. The best way to identify these gaps is to talk to someone who works of lives closely with you. Such a self-awareness will help anyone to see the blindspots in their own thinking and perception of the world around them.