5 Mistakes Our Brain Makes Every Day

cognitive biasDespite the brain is the most perfect and most complex organ of the body, it seems that its work is not always… objective. This perfect machine is affected by every experience and stimulus around us.

The result is that our brain makes some small, everyday “mistakes”, which are called ‘cognitive biases’ in terms of psychology. These strategies help us to recognize impending threats and take quick decisions when necessary.

Here are these five key “imperfections” of logic and mind:

1. We always focus on the negative side

Psychologists argue that the human brain is programmed to detect every negative stimulus around us. Our brain is constantly seeking for potential threats and when it finds one, it gets “obsessed” with it. The result is that we lose the real perception of the world around us, which in fact is full of infinite positive things.

2. We see patterns everywhere

A classic mistake in our thinking is the so-called Type 1 Error. The brain concludes that an incorrect hypothesis is correct, usually by making an irrelevant correlation between cause and effect. That is why we love coincidences! This way of thinking helps us to avoid potential risks.

3. We cannot see what is before our eyes

After a number of studies and experiments, researchers from Harvard and the National University of Kent found that human is quite selective in what he sees and observes around him. We often rely on our memory, and this greatly weakens the ability to perceive the world through our vision.

4. We tend to avoid any disagreement

Our brain abhors conflicts and does everything to avoid them! For this reason, we prefer the people and situations that are consistent with our thinking and reinforce our beliefs. This is the so-called “confirmation bias“, which makes us seek for information that confirms our views and, in contrast, reject the information that refutes them.

5. We are strict with ourselves

We have the innate tendency to exaggerate our mistakes and faults, believing that others around us observe them. This is the “headlight effect” as it is called by psychologists. This phenomenon characterizes the person’s tendency to focus on his own flaws more strongly than others do.

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Anna LeMind

Anna LeMind

Anna is the founder and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.





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By | 2017-01-13T21:52:50+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: |2 Comments

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  1. George E Moss January 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Well, food for thought again! The thinking in psychology appears to be ‘intellectual’; this is useful but incomplete. And there is erroneous ‘collective thinking’, especially in politics. A current example of this is the unethical and outdated nuclear deterrent … a huge economic drain and completely useless against today’s threats of infiltration terrorism. So this is ‘type 1 error’ plus a focus on the negative.

    Coincidences do not arise from type 1 error. A coincidence is best seen as a ‘synchronicity’ … the synchronizing of Earthly events, arranged from spirit. The intellectual thinking of mainstream psychologists does not take into account spirit domain (yet). So the notion of spiritual entities seeking our attention by placement of a synchronicity would not occur.

    It would of course be a great step forward if military leaders collectively abhorred conflict. Further food for thought perhaps?

  2. ItsDarts February 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Spirit domain? Can you please elaborate? As far as I can tell, spirit is the innate subconscious within us, that thing that aides in creativity and imagination. Surely you aren’t suggesting spirit, as in ghosts or deities?

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5 Mistakes Our Brain Makes Every Day