Pain-Avoiding Psychological Denial Bias
Number 9 Of The 25 Cognitive Biases…
The pain of admitting and accepting certain truths is too much to handle so we continue to deny it and deny it.
Examples Of The Pain-Avoiding Psychological Denial Bias
The death of a loved one or the criminal activity of someone you know) is too much to handle so we continue to deny it and deny it.
We distort our judgement for years until we’re able to bear it.
Take for example the people that were lost on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 – searches continued for months upon months with the thought that they’re still all alive and intact somewhere.
We know well and good that a human can only survive X amount of time without food and water, let alone if left in the ocean or other unfavourable terrain.
How To Avoid Falling Victim To The Pain-Avoiding Psychological Denial Bias
Look at things for what they are, don’t allow your mind to fool you to avoid the pain of the moment – as eventually you will have to.
As the old saying goes… “It is what it is”
Understand like the stoics that there are situations that are beyond your control, what is within your control however is how you respond to said situations.
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…these are the same people that spend hundreds of dollars on junk food and alcoholic beverages on Friday and Saturday night.
Delay The Instant Gratification
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