Have you ever heard of the saying - "You only see what you want to see?"
Confirmation bias is simply the tendency to search for information in a way that confirms your existing beliefs.
It is real and it may be holding you back.
Psychological studies have confirmed that this not only exists but is more powerful when we’re dwelling on more emotional matters. Furthermore, studies show that when we are given evidence which appears to contradict what we believe to be true, this only makes us more committed to our original standpoint causing us to double down on a disproven idea.....
For example, if you believe you're not a good mother or bad at your job, you will naturally dismiss the good days as 'lucky', but on those the bad days you will feel completely responsible and blame them on your bad parenting or being bad at your job! This can quickly turn into a dangerous, vicious cycle.
There is also a scientific theory that human reasoning evolved as a persuasive tool to win other people over to our side - not as a diagnostic tool to figure out what’s true in our own mind! This means it is human instinct for our brain to attempt to prove itself right no matter how it makes us feel.
However, if we notice when confirmation bias is happening, we can decide when and what to actually believe. This is one of the easiest ways to start believing in ourselves and start to get into a habit of positive thinking.
Most people think we need evidence to believe something is true. Confirmation bias tells us this is simply not correct. There is no point in waiting for evidence to prove us wrong - it will not come. This is because - even if the evidence is there - our brain will simply not see it.
To combat negative confirmation bias - which may be holding us back - we firstly need to take notice of when our brain is trying to do this to us. We then need to give ourselves - and our mind - new thoughts or a new project to find evidence for.
Todays Challenge - Start to notice when your mind may be linking things together with nagative Confirmation Bias and write it down. At the end of the day revisit what you've written down and see whether your brain still sees the situation so negatively. Chances are, with time to reflect, it actually won't be such a big deal!
What to do next....
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