The bulk of the time these shortcuts benefit us particularly when we are making a series of minor decisions that aren’t particularly important e.g., the blue suit or the black one, heels or flats, tie or no tie. In some cases it can cause us to jump to a rather major conclusion prematurely and without evidence. For example, a person jumping to conclusions might assume that their colleague hates them because they did not say hello that morning. Let’s look at the problems this can cause, how you can recognise this pattern of behaviour and actively work to change it.
What does it look like?
What problems does it cause?
What can you do?
By learning about why we jump to conclusions and how to recognise this behaviour you’ve already taken steps towards reducing this common bias
Jumping to conclusions is very normal and helpful most of the time. When it becomes unhelpful is when your heuristics are applied incorrectly, when you’re biased or make a major decision from incomplete information. If you’re having trouble developing strong and positive relationships with others, or often becoming frustrated with their actions, it’s helpful to suspend judgement and take time to get to know them - people are complex beings!
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