We do many things in our life which are not really logical or rational. But we still continue to do. We are carrying some of the old defective software in our brains from generations. We are unconscious about many of these thinking fallacies (errors/myths/misconceptions). Even if we are conscious about some of these errors we don’t want to challenge them because either we want to “align socially” or avoid pain of thinking and change.
- “Because everyone is doing xyz… so that means it should be good” – Irrespective of whether it is good for you or not
- “We have already invested and waited long.So lets wait for some more time” – Even though you know you have very less chance of making good returns
- “You should respect him for his age” – Even though you know he does not have any better qualities than you
- “First daughter is goddess Lakshmi and if you get second daughter then you get sympathy as a gift from people” – by logic you should have double Lakshmi and more luck. This is India spl edition ;).
We become unknowingly victims of these errors. By becoming conscious and knowledgeable about these errors we can eliminate most of the crap from our lives and hopefully live a happy and productive life.
I notice many such thinking errors and biases every day.