Tendencies of the mind
The tendencies of the mind are not created by us. The mind picks them up from various sources. Some are pre-programmed. It is mostly an unconscious process. First and foremost, we need to become aware of the mind’s tendencies. What we are not aware of cannot be changed. In the beginning, we will become aware of them much after they arise. Gradually we will become aware of them as they arise and will then be able to exercise control over them. Some tendencies may not be amenable to change as they are hardwired into our brains.
1.The tendency to rely on the first piece of information for making decisions
2.The tendency to use wrong analogies to prove a point
3.The tendency to find causes and information that support our conclusions and preconceived notions.
4.The tendency to believe what everyone else believes
5.The tendency to believe the written word
6.The tendency to overestimate the likelihood of negative things happening.
7.The tendency to believe what is stated on television
8.The tendency to believe that everyone does everything deliberately and wilfully.
9.The tendency to believe that the next stock you buy will give you huge profits
10.The tendency to believe that anything and everything written in the scriptures is true even against scientific evidence
11.The tendency to believe the absurd and the ridiculous.
12. The tendency to believe even after being provided with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary
13.The tendency to view the past favorably and the future negatively
14.The tendency to claim more responsibility for successes and less for failures
15.The tendency to assume that the Golden Age was a thousand years ago and not in the present or will be in the future
16. The tendency to hold on to dud stocks hoping that the price will go up one day
17.The tendency to assume that a member of a group/community/country/race has certain characteristics without having actual information about that individual.
18.The tendency not to consider new evidence when we have already come to a conclusion.
19.The tendency to believe conspiracy theories
20.The tendency to underestimate the time that will be taken to complete a task
21.The tendency to hold on to old items even if they are not being used
22.The tendency to see past events as being predictable when looked at with today’s eyes.
23.The tendency to predict the worst and imagine worst-case scenarios
24.The tendency to judge harmful actions as worse than equal or more harmful inactions
25.The tendency to spend more when paying by credit card than by cash
26.The tendency to assume that a business is successful by studying only the positive cases and not the failures
27.The tendency to assume that one is less biased and more objective than others
28.The tendency to identify more faults in others than in oneself
29.The tendency to believe that we are responsible for the success of a joint action more than the other person
30.The tendency to believe that other people are constantly evaluating and judging us
31.The tendency to believe that the world is fundamentally just, causing to rationalize an injustice as deserved by the victim
32.The tendency to overestimate one’s desirable qualities, and underestimate undesirable qualities.
33.The tendency to believe that there is a relationship between two unrelated events.
34. The tendency to believe that there is only one cause for one effect and not multiple causes
35.The tendency to attribute greater accuracy and value to the opinion of an authority figure who may not be an expert on the subject and be influenced by that opinion.
36.The tendency to believe that if we like something everyone will/should like it
37.The tendency to behave more compassionately towards one identifiable victim than to a large number of anonymous ones who may require more help.
38.The tendency to ignore nature and not appreciate the varied forms of life on earth.
39.The tendency to believe that a statement is true if it is easier to process regardless of its actual veracity.
40.The tendency to believe that a statement is true if it is repeated often
41.The tendency to believe opinions to be facts.
42.The tendency to overestimate one’s ability to show restraint in the face of temptation.
43.The tendency to give an opinion that is socially correct than one’s true opinion, so as to avoid offending anyone.
44. The tendency to believe negative news immediately without verifying
45.The tendency to believe that one’s own culture and tradition is better than others without having any knowledge of other traditions
46. The tendency to discount the impact of inflation in investment decisions
47.The tendency to like a person who resembles another person we like.
48.The tendency to give preferential treatment to those they perceive to be members of their own group/community/country/language.
49.The tendency to believe that we see reality as it really is — objectively and without bias
50.The tendency to underestimate the influence of the media on one’s health and opinions.
51.The tendency for unskilled individuals to overestimate their own ability and the tendency for experts to underestimate their own ability.
52.The inability of the mind to think about problems from the perspective of the person having the problem.
53.The tendency to believe in stereotypes
54.The tendency to over-generalize
55.The tendency to notice something more when something causes us to be more aware of it, such as when we buy a car, we tend to notice similar cars more often than we did before.
56.The tendency to underestimate the time taken to travel a distance
57.The tendency to underestimate the distance to a place
58.The tendency to indulge in ‘if only’ thoughts
59.The tendency to characterize animals, objects, and abstract concepts as possessing human-like traits, emotions, and intentions.
60.The tendency to do the opposite of what someone wants you to do out of a need to resist a perceived attempt to constrain your freedom of choice
61.The tendency to devalue a proposal only because it originated from an adversary.
62.The tendency to indulge in a habit at the same time every day
63.The tendency to disregard and disparage the opinions of those whom you don’t like even if they are true
64.The tendency to imagine that you are as good or even better than your colleagues and that you deserve a promotion and they do not.
65.The tendency to create self-doubt when you are embarking on a new project.
66.The tendency to spend time in passive entertainment by professional entertainers rather than in entertaining oneself with a hobby.
67.The tendency to be swayed by demagogues and glib talkers
68.The tendency to believe advertisements that make tall claims
69.The tendency to be carried away by charismatic personalities and believe whatever they say
70.To tendency to live in denial in the face of reality
71.To tendency to live on assumptions without testing whether they are true
72.To tendency to take people close to you for granted
73.The tendency to say the first thing that pops into our head without analyzing the consequences
74.The tendency to underestimate one’s capabilities and potential
75.The tendency to take the path of least resistance and the easy way out
76.The tendency to overestimate or underestimate what other people are capable of
77.The tendency to pass judgment quickly without ascertaining all the facts
78.The tendency to escape a difficult situation by hook or by crook
79.The tendency to only see the negatives of people/ideologies/ political parties you don’t like and brush off their positives
80.The tendency to exaggerate Eg. this is the best restaurant in town instead of saying ‘I liked the food in this restaurant.
81.The tendency to pass off other people’s ideas as our own
82.To tendency to think of what we are going to say next rather than listening to what the speaker is saying
83.The tendency to want to appear as the wittiest in a group
84.The tendency to make an offensive remark and then say ‘don’t take it personally’
85.The tendency never to be satisfied with the amount of money you have and however rich you are
86.The tendency to keep comparing automatically all the time
87.The tendency to like the same genre of music throughout our lives
88.The tendency to believe that we can drop a habit any time we want
89.The tendency to believe that certain actions are difficult without even giving them a try
90.The tendency not to take a long-term view and evaluate long-term consequences
91.The tendency to believe that products advertised by famous personalities are worth buying
92.The tendency to believe that more and more happiness is around the corner thereby missing out on the present happiness
93.The tendency to regret lost opportunities
94.The tendency to believe that other couples have better relationships than ours
95.The tendency to believe that there is a soulmate out there somewhere for each one of us
96.The tendency not to save enough for the future
97.The tendency to remember past emotional hurts for an entire lifetime
98.The tendency to believe that celebrities, the rich and famous are happier than us.
99.The tendency to believe that branded goods are better than unbranded ones and goods made in other countries are better than the ones made locally