How to understand your biased thinking

Cognitive biases can significantly impact the quality of our decision making. Some of the most important cognitive biases in decision making are:

  1. Confirmation bias: the tendency to seek information that supports our beliefs and ignore information that contradicts them.
  2. Loss aversion: the tendency to treat losses differently than equivalent gains.
  3. Anchoring bias: the tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information we receive when making decisions.
  4. Availability bias: the tendency to base decisions on the most recent or easily accessible information, rather than a full and objective evaluation of all relevant information.
  5. Overconfidence bias: the tendency to overestimate our abilities or the accuracy of our beliefs, leading to poor decision-making.
  6. Hindsight bias: the tendency to believe, after an event has occurred, that we would have predicted it all along.
  7. Framing effect: the tendency for people to make different decisions depending on how information is presented or framed.
  8. Sunk cost fallacy: the tendency to continue investing resources in a decision because of the resources already invested, rather than based on its potential for future success.

It is important to be aware of these biases and to actively work to overcome them in order to make more informed and effective decisions.