How Can I Be Wrong when I Think I’m Right?
An 11 minute TED talk provides insights into how people can get to the point of being so wrong, all the while thinking they are so right. It turns out motivated reasoning is to blame.
I first wrote about motivated reasoning in November of 2013 in a blog post titled Why Are So Many Christians So Un-Christian? One of the key points of the post is that people choose what to believe. Choice Theory proposes that we are always involved in the process of creating and maintaining a reality that works for us. Check out that post below –
Why Are So Many Christians So Un-Christian?
Two other blog posts also commented on our being “right” and our having a direct pipeline to Truth.
Three Types of People – Awesome, Dangerous, and Run
Julia Galef, the TED talk speaker, explained the difference between a warrior mindset and a scout mindset. The warrior is driven toward one goal, to survive through defending or attacking, while the scout is driven to understand and to gain a complete and accurate picture of the facts. The book I recently completed, The Anatomy of Peace, explained the difference between a heart at war and a heart at peace. As choice theorists we can be thankful that more and more people are coming into an awareness of the human ability to create our perception of reality, and more importantly, our ability to choose a more effective reality.
Very interesting, Jim… Great thoughts…
Hello Jim,is there a book available on this topic? We all may need to read the book.thanks
The Anatomy of Peace book that I mention in the post may be what you are looking for, and it is written in an easy-to-read story format.
Good to hear from you. I wish our paths could cross once in a while. Hope you are thriving!
Very important topic at such a seemingly divisive and polarized time in our society. Especially for all the people who think they’re right when clearly I’m the only one that’s right.. 🙂