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SELF RELATED BIASES

PERSONALIZED GUIDANCE REPORT

Self-related biases are one grouping of cognitive biases and cause us to judge ourselves differently than we understand and judge others. These biases include me vs. others bias, blind spot, IKEA effect, Zeigarnik effect, curse of knowledge, self-serving bias, spotlight bias, Dunning Kruger effect, bystander effect, and Cryptomnesia. Developing an awareness of your biases brings them to the forefront of your thinking and is the first step toward change. Working to overcome your biases will help you improve your decision-making and problem-solving. It will also enhance your relationships and help you treat people fairly. 

This grouping of biases is one of six different grouping of cognitive biases: 

  1. Action-oriented: Drive us to take action less thoughtfully than we should.  

  2. Interest: Arise in the presence of conflicting incentives, including non-monetary and even purely emotional ones. 

  3. Pattern recognition: Lead us to recognize patterns and sometimes imagine them even where there are none. 

  4. Stability: Create a tendency toward inertia in the presence of uncertainty. 

  5. Social: Arise from the preference for harmony over conflict. 

  6. Self-related: Cause us to judge ourselves differently than we understand and judge others. 

The following graphic is based on your responses and reveals insights into your tendency toward judging yourself differently than others. 

Read on to learn more! 

ME vs. OTHER BIAS

We judge others on their personality or fundamental character but judge ourselves according to our situation. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you are kinder when you judge yourself than when you judge others. You believe that your actions or inability to perform have a valid reason and are not due to error or misjudgment on your part. When you judge others, perhaps swayed by stereotypes or prejudices, you are quick to believe that they are solely responsible for their inability to perform and have no valid excuse for their failure. Being aware of this bias will help you improve your judgments and treat others more fairly.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Me vs. Others bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels can help you gain an objective view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias are likely to judge themselves more leniently than they judge others. They believe that their actions or inability to perform some have a valid reason and is not due to an error or misjudgment on their part. But when they judge others, they are probably swayed by stereotypes or prejudice and are quick to judge and conclude that the other person is solely responsible for their actions / inability to perform some and have no valid excuse for their failure. 

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias do not rely completely on stereotypes or prejudices and often can be objective in their judgments about themselves and others. 

Individuals free of this bias can recognize other people’s situations (the internal and external factors that may impact their actions, decisions, etc.), and are equally objective about their own actions and errors.  

BLIND SPOT

Other people might be influenced by the Blind Spot bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you believe you may carry biases and do not believe others are more biased than you are. Therefore, you are free of the Blind Spot bias.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Blind Spot bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias believe that they are free of bias but feel strongly that others are biased. Being aware of this tendency will help them consider that they might be biased which will help them make better decisions. 

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias can sometimes recognize that they have one or more biases. Being aware of this tendency will help them consider that they might hold one or more biases which will help them make better decisions. 

Individuals free of this bias believe they may carry biases and do not believe others are more biased than they are. Therefore, they are free of the Blind Spot bias. 

IKEA EFFECT

We place higher value on things we have helped create.

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you are not completely influenced by this bias and sometimes can evaluate the value of objects, products even decisions objectively. Overcoming this bias will help you be objective about the value of things around you.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the IKEA bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias believe objects, products, and decisions have a higher value because they helped create them. Overcoming this bias will help them be objective about the value of things around them.  

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias sometimes evaluate the value of objects, products even decisions objectively. Overcoming this bias will help them be more objective about the value of things around them. 

Individuals free of this bias do not place higher value on objects, products or decisions they have helped make than they do on other objects, products or decisions.  

ZEIGARNIK EFFECT

We remember incomplete tasks more than completed ones. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that when reflecting on your work and life, you tend to focus more on uncompleted tasks, unmet goals, and unfulfilled aspirations you than on your positive achievements. This bias prevents you from having a realistic idea about your history and may negatively impact how you perceive yourself and your level of work satisfaction. Being aware of this bias will help you become more realistic and increase your level of satisfaction.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Zeigarnik Effect bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias when reflecting on work and life tend to focus more on uncompleted tasks, unmet goals, and unfulfilled aspirations than on their positive achievements. This bias prevents them from having a realistic idea about your history and may negatively impact how they perceive themself and their level of satisfaction. 

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias when reflecting on their work and life, tend to focus more on incomplete tasks, unmet goals, and unfulfilled aspirations than those they met successfully. However, they do not always do this and can sometimes take a more balanced view of your history. Being aware of this bias will help them become more realistic and increase their level of satisfaction. 

Individuals free of this bias when reflecting on their work and life, tend to have a realistic view about how well they did in pursuing your tasks, goals, and aspirations. They can count their successes and failures realistically. Their freedom from this bias helps them feel satisfaction and create a balanced sense of self. 

CONCLUSION

Cognitive biases are innate. However, developing an awareness of your biases brings them to the forefront of your thinking and is the first step toward change. Working to overcome your biases will help you improve your decision making and problem solving. It will also enhance your relationships and help you treat people fairly. 

This guidance was based on your responses to the Social Biases quiz which is one of six different grouping of cognitive biases: 

  1. Action-oriented biases: Drive us to take action less thoughtfully than we should. Take the Action-oriented Biases Quiz 

  2. Interest biases: Arise in the presence of conflicting incentives, including non-monetary and even purely emotional ones. Take the Interest biases Quiz 

  3. Pattern recognition biases: Lead us to recognize patterns and sometimes imagine them even where there are none. Take the Pattern recognition biases Quiz 

  4. Stability biases: Create a tendency toward inertia in the presence of uncertainty. Take the Stability bias biases Quiz 

  5. Social biases: Arise from the preference for harmony over conflict. Take the Social biases Quiz   

  6. Self-related biases: Cause us to judge ourselves differently than we understand and judge others. Take the Self-related biases Quiz

 

Talent Transformation has also developed worksheets to help you develop work on your biases to help you improve your decision making, problem solving, relationships and in being fair. Link to Cognitive Biases Workbook. 

CURSE OF KNOWLEDGE

We assume that once we know something, everyone else knows it too. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you tend to assume that others are as aware as you are about the things you know. This bias can be a hindrance when you make a presentation. You may hold back from explaining facts or expressing your ideas, thereby impairing your presentation’s quality and value. Being aware of this bias will help you connect better with your audience and make a greater impact.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Curse of Knowledge bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias tend to assume that others are as aware as they are about the things you know. This bias can be a hindrance when they make a presentation. They may hold back from explaining facts or expressing their ideas, thereby impairing their presentation’s quality and value. Being aware of this bias will help them connect better with their audience and make a greater impact. 

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias sometimes, not always, tend to assume that others are as aware as them are about the things they know. This bias can be a hindrance when they make a presentation. At times they may hold back from explaining facts or expressing their ideas. Being aware of this bias will help them connect better with their audience and make a greater impact. 

Individuals free of this bias realize that everybody may not be as aware as they are about what they know. Then enjoy explaining facts and expressing their ideas to connect well with their audience to make a strong impact on them. 

SELF-SERVING BIAS

We think our failures result from situations but our successes stem from our abilities. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you sometimes, tend to blame situations and external factors when you don’t meet your goals. At other times, you take an objective view. This bias may hold you back from effectively evaluating your strategies, strengths, and weaknesses. Being aware of this bias and reflecting on the reasons for your successes and failures will help you work on your limitations and achieve success.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Self-serving bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias tend to blame situations and external factors when they don’t meet their goals. This bias holds people back from objectively evaluating their strategies, strengths and weaknesses. Being aware of this bias and reflecting on the reasons for their successes and failures will help them work on their limitations to help them achieve success. 

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias tend to blame situations and external factors when they don’t meet their goals. At other times, they might take an objective view. This bias may hold people back from effectively evaluating their strategies, strengths and weaknesses. Being aware of this bias and reflecting on the reasons for their successes and failures will help them work on their limitations and achieve success.  

Individuals free of this bias take responsibility and accountability for their successes and failures. They fairly attribute outcomes to their strengths and weaknesses, and resist blaming other people, unforeseen circumstances, and the like. Their objectivity makes them aware of their strengths and weaknesses. 

BYSTANDER EFFECT

The more people are around us when we witness an incident, the less likely we are to help the victim. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you tend to let others take responsibility or believe that you are not responsible unless nobody else is around. This bias can cause you to think that somebody else is accountable or responsible, especially during crisis. Such an assumption could stem from your need to avoid responsibility, a fear of the unknown, or the belief that there are initiative-taking individuals around you. Being aware and overcoming this bias will help you act which may help others in times of need.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Bystander Effect more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias tend to let others take responsibility or believe that they are not responsible unless nobody else is around. This bias can cause them to think that somebody else is accountable or responsible, especially during crisis. Such an assumption could stem from their need to avoid responsibility, a fear of the unknown, or the belief that there are initiative-taking individuals around them. Being aware and overcoming this bias will help them act which may help others in times of need.  

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias sometimes, not always, let others take responsibility or believe that they need not act unless no one else is around. This bias creates a tendency to think that somebody else is accountable or responsible, especially during crisis. Such an assumption could stem from their need to avoid responsibility, a fear of the unknown, or the belief that there are initiative-taking individuals around them. Being aware and overcoming this bias will help them act which may help others in times of need. 

Individuals free of this bias act when required and feel responsible and accountable during a crisis even when others are around. They rise to the occasion and help those in need whether other people are around or not. 

CYPTOMNESIA BIAS

We mistake imagination for memories and real memories for imagination. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you tend to confuse real memories with imagination and vice versa. This bias prevents you from making accurate judgments or sound conclusions based on your memory. Being aware of this bias will help you consider the accuracy of your memory before making judgments or decisions.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Cryptomnesia bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object point of view. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias tend to confuse real memories with imagination and vice versa. This bias prevents them from making accurate judgments or sound conclusions based on their memory. Being aware of this bias will help them consider the accuracy of their memory before making judgements or decisions.  

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias [medium score] - Your responses indicate that sometimes, not always, you tend to confuse real memories and imagination and vice versa. This bias prevents them from making accurate judgments or sound conclusions based on their memory. Being aware of this bias will help them consider the accuracy of their memory before making judgements or decisions. 

Individuals free of this bias clearly distinguish between their imagination and memory. They can make accurate judgments and draw sound conclusions based on memory. 

SPOTLIGHT BIAS

We overestimate how much attention people are paying to our behavior and appearance.  

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you are free of this bias. You do not believe you are at the center of people’s attention. You can be yourself and feel free of any constriction or fear of others’ opinions even when you are among people. This makes you free to enjoy a fulfilling and relaxed life.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Spotlight bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias are extremely conscious of others’ opinions. They tend to think that people are always observing them and that they are in the spotlight. This bias prevents them from being themselves in terms of behavior and appearance. Being aware of this bias and overcoming it will help them lead a more fulfilling and relaxed life.  

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias are sometimes conscious of others’ opinions. They sometimes think that people are observing them and that they might be in the spotlight. This bias might hold them back from being themselves in terms of behavior and appearance. Being aware of this bias and overcoming it will help them lead a more fulfilling and relaxed life.  

Individuals free of this bias do not believe they are at the center of people’s attention. They can be themselves and feel free of any constriction or fear of others’ opinions even when they are among people. This makes them free to enjoy a fulfilling and relaxed life.  

DUNNING KRUGER EFFECT

We are more confident about subjects we know little about and less confident about those in our areas of expertise. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you can accurately judge your level of knowledge, awareness, and expertise. You do not express expert opinions about something outside your field of expertise but would freely comment if you are highly knowledgeable about the topic.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Dunning Kruger Effect more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help provide an object view of your biases in this category. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias believe that they are knowledgeable and can hold an in-depth conversation on a topic that they know only the basics but cannot explain or talk about a topic related to their own expertise. This bias prevents them from achieving a realistic view of their expertise or knowledge. Being aware of this and overcoming this bias will enhance their contributions to conversations which others will appreciate. 

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias sometimes believe that they are more knowledgeable on a topic when they know the basics but cannot always explain or talk about a related to their expertise. This bias prevents them from achieving a realistic view of their expertise or knowledge. Being aware of this and overcoming this bias will enhance their contributions to conversations which others will appreciate. 

Individuals free of this bias are able to accurately judge their level of knowledge, awareness, and expertise. They do not express expert opinions about something outside their field of expertise but would freely comment if they are highly knowledgeable about the topic.