Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Confirming-Evidence Trap

This is easily understood as a psychological behavior we all have but very difficult to avoid falling into. Our mind follows the decision making routine and tries to get affirmation unconsciously from people you trust. To demonstrate this, consider a case where all of us would love to get our buddies accepting and getting along with our choice of girl/boy friend. In all cases decisions have been made and your friend parents or acquaintance would just go along with your choices.

What can you do about this? Let us look at these ways:

  • Check if you are looking at all evidence with equal rigor;

  • Get someone in your team to play devil’s advocate;

  • Be honest with yourself about your motives;

  • In seeking the advice of others, frame your questions carefully to avoid asking leading questions that invite confirming evidence.

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