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Avoiding your bias blindspot

Avoiding your bias blindspot

 There are several things that you can do to avoid the bias blind spot and become more aware of how cognitive biases influence your thinking.

First, learn about the bias blind spot. Specifically, understand what it is, why it occurs, and how and when it can influence people.

Second, accept that you’re susceptible to the bias blind spot, just like everyone else. This means that simply being smart and aware of biases doesn’t mean that you won’t experience the bias blind spot.

Third, you should actively consider whether you might experience the bias blind spot or other biases

Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that you likely won’t be able to eliminate the bias blind spot entirely. Specifically, although it’s possible to reduce the bias blind spot sometimes, this bias can persist even in the face of debiasing attempts.

Overall, to avoid the bias blind spot, learn about this bias, accept that you’re susceptible to it, actively consider whether you might experience it or other biases, account for the main causes of this bias, make sure that you apply the same standards to yourself as you do to others, and use general debiasing techniques, such as slowing down your reasoning process and making it explicit.

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