Cognitive biases are common thinking errors that hinder our rational decision-making. The bad news, is that we cannot get rid of cognitive biases.
But the good news, is that the better we understand them, the more often we can subvert them - or even leverage them for our own benefit.
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The first step toward overcoming cognitive biases is to acknowledge that we have them. If we get intimate with our own biases, we stand a better chance of noticing them as they come into play and making better-informed decisions when we've factored them into our decision-making.
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