Troublesome Mental Traits That Produce Analytic Missteps
- There is an emotional dimension to almost every throught we have and every decision we make.
- Mental shortcuts our unconscious minds continuously take influence our conscious thinking.
- We are driven to view the world around us in patterns.
- We instinctively rely on, and are susceptible to, biases and assumptions.
- We feel the need to find explanations for everything, regardless of whether the explanations are accurate.
- Humans have a penchant to seek out and put stock in evidence that support their beliefs and judgements while eschewing and devaluing evidence that does not.
- We tend to cling to untrue beliefs in the face of contradictory evidence.
Quite a list! So do we even stand a chance to analyze the complexity of our lives and make sound decisions? Jones thinks so - and the remainder of his book outlines 14 tools that will help anyone - not just the CIA - develop a structure for decision-making.
In my service on church staffs, and in consulting with churches now, I quite often turn to these tools to help the decision-making process. I recommend you check out "The Thinker's Toolkit" for a unique collection of proven, practical methods for simplifying any problem and making faster, better decisions every time.