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The Daily Decision-33-Illusion of transparency

The Daily Decision-33-Illusion of transparency

Hello Hello This is Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks, with The Daily Decision

because you want to make better decisions.



Today is the THIRTIETH-THIRD episode of The Daily Decision 

You can see it. You can feel it. Therefore, you must know it, right?

Well maybe not.

The Illusion of transparency bias occurs when people overestimate others’ ability to know themselves, and they also overestimate their ability to know others.

For example, if you are asked to give a talk in front of others you are likely to think that people will notice your nervousness as much as you do. They probably won’t.

Another nefarious (bad) example is about liars who overestimate the ability of others to detect their lies.

Gilovich, Thomas, Savitsky, Kenneth,Medvec, Victoria Husted (1998)

Why do we have this bias? The good people at ascribe the illusion of transparency to egocentric bias which our tendency to spend the majority of our time considering our thoughts and actions from our own perspective.

That’s why it’s always good practice to ask and share and not assume, as hard as that is to do.

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 As always, Happy Deciding.

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