Jumping to conclusions or mind reading, another skill of mine 😉
So when I was considering stopping drinking I thought that all sober people were boring and that any social event without booze would be dull. So I completely jumped to the wrong conclusion and my fortune telling skills failed epically too. I also thought that people would like me less sober because I was a mind reader too!
This thinking error means we reach false preliminary conclusions, usually negative ones too, with no evidence to support them. In reality, I couldn’t have been further from the truth but you have to leap blindly first to find it out. Or you lurk on sober blogs for a while and learn vicariously before you take the step yourself! 🙂
Jumping to conclusions is a common error because we are cognitive misers and these are “judgmental shortcuts that generally get us where we need to go – and quickly – but at the cost of occasionally sending us off course” (source)
How do we correct?
- You’re probably sick of me saying this now BUT check for evidence
- There is no benefit in just accepting something at perceived face value, challenge your thinking first and see if you were right, or most likely wrong!
Is anyone else as bad a fortune teller as me?