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Dunning-Kruger: A Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing

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Have you heard of cognitive biases?

Everyone has them. If you think you don't, then that's called the Blind-Spot Bias.

In some ways we couldn't function without them. Cognitive biases are kind of like shortcuts in the brain. We take in so much information throughout the day that we have to find a quick, somewhat efficient way to make sense of it all. Add to that the fact that we are highly social beings and we desire almost above everything else to be a part of an "in group." So we will overlook and ignore some things in order to keep our own personal beliefs and actions in line with the group to which we want to belong.

I would argue that most cognitive biases are not inherently bad, so long as we recognize them and can become more aware of when we are relying on them too heavily. But if we are aren't self-aware, if we just kind of live on autopilot and let our cognitive biases take too much control, then what starts out as a shortcut can quickly turn into …

Response: "The Problem with Those 9 Personality Types"

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I love the Complexly production company and the work they do producing free, informative, entertaining content with the purpose of educating the general public on a broad range of issues. They produce the YouTube channels "SciShow" and the spin offs "SciShow Space" and "SciShow Psych." I'm a subscriber and regular viewer of these channels. I really dig what they're trying to do.

On February 21, though, they released a video challenging the claims of the Enneagram. You know I can't just let that one slide. Haha

I watched it yesterday, and I actually agree with most of what's said. However, I don't think they quite understand what the Enneagram system does and what it's really about. Here's the video. Watch it, and then I'll give some comments on it below.



First of all, the scenario she opened with is not what the Enneagram is about. You should NEVER use someone's Type to shame them or call them out on something. I've…

"Illusion of Truth"

The other day, I was reading in one of my Psychology books about an effect of memory called"Illusion of Truth." Research has shown that there is an unconscious tendency to give credibility to statements we have heard in the past. We may not remember the instance of hearing the statement, but if we hear it again, it will seem "familiar." We could have even been told that the statement is false, but we will still give credibility to it if it sounds familiar. Automatically, two applications come to mind. First, news headlines, once they are published or reported live, stick with people. Even if the headline proves to be false later, the damage is done. People will still think of the headline as true when brought up in later conversations, etc. This is, unfortunately, more true of negative headlines. Second, think about what this says concerning human nature. This is an unconscious effect. What comes more "natural" than unconscious behaviors? Thus, it can b…