Confirmation Bias

Definition: Our tendency to pay attention to information that supports our current beliefs. We often ignore or discount information that challenges our beliefs.

Example: “Group think” is a form of confirmation bias. Once a group starts to latch onto an idea, they will filter information out that challenges it while accepting or promoting information that supports it.

Why It’s Important: Confirmation bias can cause blind spots to information that warns of weaknesses in your current beliefs. Ignoring these weaknesses leaves you vulnerable to their consequences.

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