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July 11, 2017

Trust Yourself Less

“I used to think the human brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.”
(Emo Philips)


One of the most startling things we’re learning about the brain is how wrong it can be.


Ever see someone continue to hold onto a belief, regardless of the scientific data presented before him? Ever been amazed that two people, standing right next to each other, can see and remember an event remarkably differently?


Turns out our prior beliefs and feelings shape our perceptions in remarkably biased ways. This is why it’s so important to seek feedback from others—each of us needs objective outsiders to give us reality checks:


—Was I too harsh on the kids last night?
—Would you tell me when I’m acting like I know everything?
—I know you and I have some disagreements on politics; what would you recommend I read as the clearest presentation of how you see things?


Peace begins with pause,


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