In this episode, we talk about choice-supportive bias tendency and how it can help you make decisions.
Sometimes we just need that little bit of encouragement to move towards where we're trying to go. A lot of times we stop ourselves, we hold ourselves back because we're afraid of what other people are going to think about us.
For example, when I actually first started doing podcast, I would walk around um basically pulling out my phone doing these video podcast and it felt so awkward. It felt so weird and I was wondering like you know, what would people think about me? People are going to be like "Oh this guy is trying to be an influencer" and all these things when really other people's thoughts just don't matter.
Today, we are going to go over this one bias that I think will change how you look at the decisions and choices you make. So this is a choice-supportive bias. What choice-supportive bias is, is the tendency, and actually, I should probably pull this definition up on Wikipedia or something. So let me do that right now. But choice-supported bias is the tendency to retroactively ascribed positive attributes to an option one has selected.
Okay, that's a whole bunch of big words. Let me explain what that means. It means once we've already made a decision, we do everything we can to rationalize that decision. So we self-soothe, we actually try to make ourselves feel better. So it doesn't matter what the decision is. It could be dating a girl and maybe it was like a girl or a man or whatever you want to date, right?
Maybe it was a toxic relationship and after the toxic relationship you might tell yourself that, okay, that was a good decision because you learned a lot and now you're like a better person and you start rationalizing what has happened to you in the past. What this means is if you ever had someone tell you that, oh, we'll see who has the last laugh. The thing is nobody has the last laugh because we just self-soothe ourselves into making us believe that our decisions were correct.
So the takeaway here is if we are actually already doing this, then why not do whatever you want to do? Why not reach for the skies? Like if you want to be a porn star, go be a porn star. If you want to be the you know, the first president with face tattoos, go ahead and do that. If we just stop thinking about what other people think and we make decisions based on what we really want to do, it will actually end up being the right decision because of choice-supportive bias. We will likely self-soothe and rationalize why that was a good decision. And if this is something that we do, you know, then go live your life. This is Robin Copernicus. Boom bam, I'm out.
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