You are not your brains noise.
Our brains are hardwired to reason and rationalise, justify and confirm. We are habituated to function from a standpoint of cognitive bias.
In psychology, we define cognitive bias as a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, or other thought patterns often occurring as a result of holding onto one’s preferences and beliefs regardless of contrary information.
To put it simply, a cognitive bias is an inaccurate assumption.
And there are HUNDREDS of these cognitive bias from which we are all subject to. For example, confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favour and recall information in away which confirms one’s preexisting beliefs. Anchoring bias is the tendency to to be overly influenced by the first piece of information that we hear. I could go on.
Biases can be super handy - they act as mental shortcuts which allow us to make fast decisions when timelines are more important than accuracy i.e. life and death. But most of the time, and especially when we’re under stress, our biases result in increased perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgement, illogical interpretation, hyper reactivity and irrationality in situations which require awareness, understanding and compassion towards ourselves and others.
But here’s the thing…
We’re always going to hold biases, they will always show up - usually at the most inconvenient times, like when we’re under stress or when we’re already in a horrendous mood. But there’s a difference between having a pre-conditioend belief, and acting on that belief.
You are not your brains noise - you get to CHOOSE how you respond to what our brain is telling us.
Keen to learn more?
Join me this May with AHUA Retreats for The Stress Alliance.
Queenstown at Wet Jacket Winery Woolshed // Sunday 12 May, 8.45am - 12pm
Wanaka at The Body Garage // Sunday 16 May, 8.45am - 12pm
Christchurch at The Tack Rooms // Sunday 26 May, 8.45am - 12pm