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PERSONALIZED GUIDANCE REPORT

Social biases are one grouping of cognitive biases and arise from the preference for harmony over conflict. 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.

The stability bias 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 to take action less thoughtfully than you should. 

Read on to learn more! 

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. 

SOCIAL PROOF BIAS

When someone like us approves of a product or service, we will trust it more and feel an increased desire to use it too. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you are free of this bias and make independent decisions. You do not seek social support or adhere to others’ opinions. You can take bold decisions and stand out from the group.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Social Proof bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help promote constructive conversations with them. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias are more likely to agree with an idea or buy a product, when their friends, peers, colleagues, family, an influencer, or society at large endorse it. They trust the opinion of others and make decisions based on what they see as social proof. This bias can impair their ability to make decisions. Being aware of this bias will help them make decisions that are not driven by what others endorse. 

Individuals not completely influenced this bias tend to agree with an idea or buy a product, when their friends, peers, colleagues, family, an influencer, or society at large endorse it. However, they do not always make decisions based on social proof.

Individuals free of this bias make decisions based on their personal thoughts. They do not seek social support or adhere to others’ opinions. They can take bold decisions and stand out from the group if it serves their cause. 

IDENTIFIABLE VICTIM EFFECT  

We empathize more with a specific individual as opposed to a large anonymous group. 

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you are equally open to helping people you know and strangers representing charities and other good causes. You equally trust or distrust groups and individuals when it comes to charity.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Identifiable Victim bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help promote constructive conversations with them. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias help people they know rather than strangers, even if strangers approach them about a good cause. They are not as comfortable or trusting of charities and other good causes as they are of friends and acquaintances. Being aware of this bias will help them consider helping strangers and learning about potentially good causes. 

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias usually but not always tend to help people they know more than you would strangers. You may at times be open to an approach by a stranger representing a charity or other well-meaning organization. 

Individuals free of this bias are equally open to helping people they know and strangers representing charities and other good causes. They equally trust or distrust groups and individuals when comes to charity.  

BELONGING BIAS

In an effort to conform, we change our opinions, decisions, beliefs, and ideas according to the number of people who think the same way.  

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you are free of this bias, and you think about the actions you want to take irrespective of what the group decides. You have no desire to belong to a group or cult. Instead, you think independently and make decisions based on your perception of the situation and analysis of the facts at hand.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Belonging bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help promote constructive conversations with them. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias enjoy being part of a group (friend, family, colleagues, peers). They like participating in activities that the group endorses. They play along with what the group decides to do. Being part of the group makes them feel safe and that they are doing the right thing. This bias makes people think the group knows best. Being aware of this bias will help individuals regulate it to help discover their individuality, respect their personal choices, and take decisions accordingly. 

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias tend to enjoy being part of a group (friends, family, peers). They usually but not always play along with what the group decides to do. They are likely to feel they are doing the right thing when they are part of the group. Thinking independently and making decisions based on their perception is also something they consider at times.  

Individuals free of this bias think about the actions they want to take irrespective of what the group decides. They have no desire to belong to a group or cult. Instead, they think independently and make decisions based on their perception of the situation and analysis of the facts at hand. 

GROUP THINK BIAS

A common desire not to upset a group’s dynamics causes members to reach consensus without evaluating consequences or alternatives and critical thinking.  

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you are free of this bias, and you can focus on making the right decision instead of always maintaining group harmony. You value the group’s ideas but can critically evaluate the group’s consensus to determine if it is right. You are likely to encourage everyone to voice their opinion rather than arrive at a unanimous decision.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Group Think bias be more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help promote constructive conversations with them. 

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias like to conform to group decisions. They are most comfortable when everyone in the group agrees on a thought, idea, or decision. This bias acts as a barrier to reach the right decision, as the primary importance is given to group consensus rather than critical evaluation of options. Being aware of this bias will help them be objective and focus on arriving at the right decision instead of on group harmony.  

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias might conform to group decisions. They are comfortable when everyone in the group agrees on a thought, idea, or decision. However, they do not always approach problems in this way. Sometimes they can focus on making the right decision instead of on group harmony.  

Individuals free of this bias focus on making the right decision instead of always maintaining group harmony. They value the group’s ideas but can critically evaluate the group’s consensus to determine if it is right. They are likely to encourage everyone to give their opinion rather than arrive at an unanimous decision.  

COMMUNITY BIAS

Being around people who share our goals and interests makes us feel more secure, builds our self-esteem, and enhances our confidence.  

YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE

Your responses indicate that you are free of this bias and are open to people outside your community. You can step out into the wider world and feel psychologically safe. You do not necessarily draw inspiration and motivation solely from your community or, base your decisions on its assumptions. You are likely to think to that the world is your oyster.

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

Other people might be influenced by the Community bias more or less than you are. Understanding other individuals’ bias levels will help promote constructive conversations with them.

Individuals strongly influenced by this bias find that a major part of their identity is the community you belong to. They base most of their decisions on the community’s rules. They feel safe and secure amid people who share a similar cultural background. This bias can cause people to be so influenced by their community that they shut out outside influences that could benefit them. Being aware of this bias can help you feel motivated, safe, and confident while becoming more open to others and stepping out into the wider world.  

Individuals moderately influenced by this bias will draw confidence and inspiration from their community most of the time. However, they do not always align with their principles. They can at times be open to others and feel inspired by those who are not part of their community.  

Individuals free of this bias are open to people outside your community. They can step out into the wider world and feel psychologically safe. They do not necessarily draw inspiration and motivation solely from their community or, base their decisions on its assumptions. They are likely to think to that the world is their oyster.  

SOCIAL PROOF BIAS