The human mind is wired to prefer information that supports our existing beliefs and reject that which goes against them, otherwise known as confirmation bias. It doesn’t matter how rational, open-minded or fact-driven we are; it’s a natural tendency made more potent by deeply-ingrained or emotionally-charged views which can prevail even over clear, definitive data, leading to significant misjudgement and misunderstanding. Luckily, though it takes acknowledgement and deliberate effort, we can take steps to see beyond it.
In this episode of Mentally Stronger, I encourage you to first acknowledge and accept the presence of confirmation bias within you. Maintaining that awareness, I invite you to challenge rigid, unhelpful, misleading beliefs and perceptions and instead promote objectivity, openness and curiosity to cultivate a more balanced and unbiased mindset.