12 Common Ways You Are Biased And You Don’t Even Realize -

12 Common Ways You Are Biased And You Don’t Even Realize


All of us are biased in various ways. Most people realize that they are, whereas others don’t even know about it. However, scientists have it that this trait originated for the humans to explore the world, and to survive in a dangerous environment. This may sound a little weird but for the most part, it is true. There are situations where you won’t even realize that you’re flaunting this side of yours. Whatever it is, chuck it for now, and look into these 12 common ways psychologists suggest we show our bias sides.

1. Omission Bias

12 Common Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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Our mind tends to consider harmful actions more immoral and harmful than harmful omissions.

2. Gambler’s Fallacy

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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This refers to our tendency to believe that the future events are affected by events of past. For example, we think that since the coin flipped heads five times, it will be a tales now. While in reality, the odds are still the same.

3. Rhyming Statements

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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We perceive rhyming statements to be more truthful. This is the reason why hoardings on highways generally have safety messages that rhyme.

4. Reactance

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We often have the urge to do something that is opposite of what the other person has asked us to do. This is because we see the order as an attempt to limit our freedom.

5. Social Bias

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We tend to hire people with skills almost similar to ours. It is kind of like a “let’s see who wins” scenario.

6. Control Illusion

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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This is our tendency to believe that we have more control over the external factors then we actually do.

7. Negatively Effect

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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We often view the negative behavior of a person we don’t like to their character and their positive behavior to the environment.

8. Hindsight Bias

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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Have you ever thought of a past event to be predictable at the time it happen? Don’t worry if you have, it’s just one of those common ways to be biased.

9. Realism

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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We have this tendency to think of reality the way it is. We assume rational people would agree with us and those who doesn’t, they are either uninformed or ignorant.

10. Spotlight Thinking

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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You worry a lot about how you look to the person standing down the aisle? Well, that’s just one of those common ways we overestimate others noticing our actions and behavior.

11. Zeigarnik Effect

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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We remember interrupted and uncompleted tasks more accurately than the completed ones.

12. Bias Blind Spot

12 Ways You Are Biased And You Didn’t Even Realize

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We see ourselves as being less biased than others.

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