Jumping to conclusions


Confirmation bias is commonly referred to as Jumping to Conclusions. What would you think if a friend stopped returning your calls? Would you think they were ignoring you? Would you think it was something you said, maybe something you did?

Where do your beliefs and opinions come from? You might say your thought processes are based onĀ  rational, logical and impartial convictions, right?

The trouble is, these biases are often based on favoring information that confirms your previously existing beliefs. It means that when people would like a certain idea to be true, they end up believing it is true.

However, the truth in the matter is that these errors in judgement cause you to stop gathering information.

Here are a few signs you might be Jumping to Conclusions: Ignoring or rejecting information.

Being unnecessarily anxious.

False optimism.

The main danger is that it can numb you from harsh reality. It can even make people turn a blind eye to important matters when they should be gathering evidence.

Look for evidence that contradicts your beliefs, try and remember to gather more information.

If you look for instances to prove that you may be wrong, this is perhaps a true definition of self-confidence.