The Abilene paradox: When not rocking the boat may sink the boat
The Abilene paradox describes the unfortunately common situation where a group of people agree to an idea, despite most of them not fully believing that it is the best decision.
«The power of social conformity can persuade us to agree to the perceived general consensus and can lead to extremely poor group decisions.»
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False compromise fallacy: why the middle ground is not always the best
It can be tempting to seek the middle ground. But the false compromise fallacy can lead to misleading conclusions and poor decision making.
«“best of both worlds” instead.»
Novelty fallacy: why new isn’t always better
The novelty fallacy is deeply rooted in our neurobiology. The brain's reward system is stimulated by novel ideas and objects. As novelty sparks our sense of curiosity, our brains make us naturally…
«our attraction to novelty can be helpful for our survival, but a fast-changing environment can render this cognitive bias rather problematic.»
Building an antilibrary: the power of unread books
Unread books can be as powerful as the ones we have read, if we choose to consider them in the right light.
«the more you read, the more you will expand your perimeter of knowledge, and the more unread books will be added to your antilibrary. It is not a bad thing, it means you are progressively turning unknown unknowns into known unknowns.»
The psychology of unfinished tasks
Unfinished tasks can overwhelm us or motivate us. These contradictory experiences are due to the Zeigarnik and the Ovsiankina effects.
«compared to a task that has not yet been started, individuals have a stronger urge to complete interrupted or unfinished assignments.»
The science of curiosity: why we keep asking “why” July 24, 2019 In Creativity
Children have an incredibly inquisitive mind. “Why?” they keep asking. But it seems that as adults we tend to fall into fixed and convenient cognitive patterns.
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