We all make bad decisions sometimes, but have you ever wondered what mental obstacles can lead you astray? Sometimes, it’s the overload of decisions we have to make that clouds our judgement and causes us to make poor choices. It is estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions per day. Having to make multiple decisions on an ongoing basis can lead to decision fatigue, and stress.
It is quite possible that the reason why people have so many decision biases is because they ultimately want to purge their lives of excess tension caused by the stress of incessant decision making. Clearing this agitating energy by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones is one avenue people could consider to ease strain in their lives. However, a good starting point is to recognize decision biases in the first place and unravelling the stress cycle from there.
This infographic goes over 20 of the most common cognitive biases that can mess with your head when it’s decision time. Some of the cognitive biases on this graphic from Samantha Lee and Shana Lebowitz at Business Insider may sound pretty familiar. You’ve probably heard of the “placebo effect” and “confirmation bias” altering your perspective, but you may not have heard of other biases like “salience” or the “availability heuristic.” It’s not always easy, but identifying the causes of bad choices might help you prevent them in the future. With the information here you’ll at least have a better chance avoiding the “blind-spot bias,” which is the failing to recognize your own cognitive biases in the first place. You can read more at the link below.
20 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Your Decisions | Business Insider