List of cognitive biases

by Joe Mobley 9 replies
Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways. Cognitive biases can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment, and are often studied in psychology and behavioral economics.
The research on these biases overwhelmingly involves human subjects. However, some of the findings have appeared in non-human animals as well. For example, hyperbolic discounting has also been observed in rats, pigeons, and monkeys.
Bandwagon effect The tendency to do (or believe) things because many other people do (or believe) the same.

Choice-supportive bias The tendency to remember one's choices as better than they actually were.

Hindsight bias The inclination to see past events as being more predictable than they actually were; also called the "I-knew-it-all-along" effect.

List of cognitive biases - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A very interesting read. You will see yourself all over the place.

Joe Mobley
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  • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
    Interesting indeed. The bandwagon effect is perhaps the best known (and also responsible for much of what is wrong with modern society). Ironic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raphael Love
    WoW its posts like this that makes me happy I started looking at the forums again! Thanks for sharing the info!

    I did find myself all over but I am also seeing how I am aware when those thoughts present themselves.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angle Warrior
    ha! now I finally understand why I'm a Toronto Maple Leaf Fan, go figure
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    I use something called a TEA Form (Thinking Error Analysis) to write out my thoughts, identify the specific thinking errors (Cognitive biases/distortions) and then come up with a more correct balanced thought on the topic.

    You can read about TEA forms here: Anxiety and POSITIVE CHOICES News: TEA Form- EXERCISE FOR HEALING ANXIETY - DailyStrength. It comes from the book http://www.tao3.com/index.html

    This has worked wonders for me to counteract every negative thought that I encounter.

    It is a simple Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) exercise.

    Also check out Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) which helps you to accept and defuse from your thoughts so that you only act on your commitment to your true goals and values.

    The Happiness Trap is the defacto book on ACT http://www.thehappinesstrap.com/
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    • Profile picture of the author Natxo
      Originally Posted by dndoseller View Post

      I use something called a TEA Form (Thinking Error Analysis) to write out my thoughts, identify the specific thinking errors (Cognitive biases/distortions) and then come up with a more correct balanced thought on the topic.

      You can read about TEA forms here: Anxiety and POSITIVE CHOICES News: TEA Form- EXERCISE FOR HEALING ANXIETY - DailyStrength

      This has worked wonders for me to counteract every negative thought that I encounter.

      It is a simple Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) exercise.

      Also check out Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) which helps you to accept and defuse from your thoughts so that you only act on your commitment to your true goals and values.

      The Happiness Trap is the defacto book on ACT The Happiness Trap | Stop Struggling Start Living by Dr Russ Harris

      Solid info here. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Nice post Joe...I do not see myself all over, but am a rare bird lol I've been about the farthest thing from a bandwagon guy as you can get, with gifting, and traveling the world for 3 years, and I've received hell for it from my fam, and others but I am happy and free, so no worries.

    Neat note about hindsight. I've done that one here and there Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author coluden
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Nice post Joe...I do not see myself all over, but am a rare bird lol I've been about the farthest thing from a bandwagon guy as you can get, with gifting, and traveling the world for 3 years, and I've received hell for it from my fam, and others but I am happy and free, so no worries.

      Neat note about hindsight. I've done that one here and there Thanks!
      Ryan,

      Don't worry about it! "You took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference"!

      We seem to have several "hang-outs" in common man. Looks like a sign to me...maybe gifting is in my future! LOL.

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  • Profile picture of the author coluden
    This is a very good post, especially in light of the controversy that was created by recent remarks of Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Maverick's NBA Franchise. The fact is, most of us have these cognitive biases, but some are too politically correct to admit them publicly. What a pity!

    Best to you,
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  • Profile picture of the author tobyjensen
    It is still fascinating to me how one thing can be seen as positive, negative, or neutral depending on context and perspective. Without context and perspective we seem to lose our sanity.

    Take the Bandwagon effect for example. Does that mean we should all be using the backfire effect to be contrarian or autonomous or live in the wilds of Alaska alone all the time. Nope. It is the healthy use of individuality when needed that we are after.

    In fact, at times I just go along with the herd because the topic or direction don’t matter nearly as much as human social connection. My family (very individualistic group) wanted to go the movie. Everyone discussed it – what they had seen, what they wouldn’t see, what time the movie was playing, etc. etc. I was the only one willing to see a movie I had already seen so that was what ended up happening. IN THAT MOMENT I didn’t really care. I didn’t. Another family member asked me about it and was astounded I was so willing to go along. Whatever. Sometimes that works too. Just whatever.

    Or some of the things listed contradict another. Looks like Curse of knowledge offsets Empathy gap. Probably better contradictions but I will leave that to others.
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