Cognitive Biases.

Wade Meredith of Healthbolt has a neat list of 26 cognitive biases - basically ways our minds distort our views of reality (or why what you think is right is actually wrong!)

For example:

1. Bandwagon effect - the tendency to do (or believe) things because many other people do (or believe) the same. Related to groupthink, herd behaviour, and manias. Carl Jung pioneered the idea of the collective unconscious which is considered by Jungian psychologists to be responsible for this cognitive bias.
2. Bias blind spot - the tendency not to compensate for one’s own cognitive biases.
3. Choice-supportive bias - the tendency to remember one’s choices as better than they actually were.

http://www.healthbolt.net/2007/02/14/26-reasons-what-you-think-is-right-is-wrong/ - via Beautiful English Online


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I am distressed that these are described as biases. Some are potentially correct ways to evaluate choices. For example, 11. Hyperbolic Discounting agrees with the economic concept of present value.

Does one of these "biases" consider the potential negative outcome of over thinking and thereby taking too long to make a decision?
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Thanks for the link Alex. Neatorama readers are most welcome to come and ask questions at Beautiful English any time, and some have taken advantage of the offer already with really interesting and challenging queries.
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