Were you prejudiced this week?

Friday, 7 August 2020

You are a cognitive miser. So am I. We all are.

A cognitive miser is mentally lazy. We do the minimum amount of mental work we think necessary. To deal with the information overload, we use mental short-cuts and simple decision-making rules to rapidly make deductions and draw conclusions. The problem with using mental short-cuts is that we make up our minds without considering all relevant information.

Mental laziness leads to pre-judgment. We judge before we should. We are not yet ready to judge because we haven’t considered all the information; we don’t yet have all the data; we haven’t thought deeply enough.

Do you know what pre-judgment leads to? Prejudice.

Prejudice happens because we are too lazy to do the work required to make proper judgments. We often dislike or distrust people, things, situations, events, simply because we are cognitive misers.

Think about that (if you are not too miserly with those little gray cells).


Here’s your Friday Trigger Question:

  • In looking back, can you tell when you were prejudiced this week?

As always, don’t forget to review our 5 regular Friday Trigger Questions:

  1. What did you succeed at or achieve this past week?
  2. What had you planned to do or to achieve this week, but did not?
  3. What did you fail at this past week?
  4. What surprised you, or caught you unprepared, this past week?
  5. What important or mutually beneficial relationship changed this week?

Bonus Question: What had you worried or concerned, but never happened?

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