What You Don’t Know…

What you don’t know can lead to assumptions, erroneous conclusions, and potentially poor decisions.  Our brain is constantly trying to make sense of behaviors we observe and in the absence of data, we sometimes rely on cognitive distortions to fill in the gaps and reduce ambiguity. Fundamental attribution error (FAE) is the tendency to judge …

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First Impressions

There is a well-circulated statistic that 33% of interviewers know in the first 90 seconds if they’ll hire a candidate. The human brain is extremely proficient at detecting (sometimes barely perceptible) cues and quickly categorizing new stimuli as either a “threat” or “ally.” In fact, studies show that first impressions are surprisingly valid. So why aren’t hiring …

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Why You’re Losing Out

As part of its intricate survival strategy, the human brain is quick to categorize . At a basic level, we organize stimuli into “good” or “bad” to avoid dangers that may harm us. This is a great thing. Until is isn’t. In modern times, there are certainly risks, but most aren’t life-threatening, or even career-threatening. Yet, despite …

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