Today we discuss the three biggest thinking mistakes we make in life…. and how to avoid making them!!! This is important.
In this episode, I discuss each of the three huge mistakes we make today in our thinking: Categorization, Tribalism and Dramatization. I explore why we use them, how they can help us, when they go wrong and what we can do about them.
Categorization: Identify something by commonalities
Tribalism: Us vs Them
Dramatization: Need to create intense feelings
Problem of Categorization (Robert Sapolosky)
All or nothing thinking and support
Always easier to attack vs support
Advantage people remember easier
Name it easier to think of it and spot it
Boundaries then can’t distinguish difference between two things similar based upon how you categorize them
Overestimate similarity if in boundary. Underestimate similarity if outside boundary. Fail to see big picture.
Us vs Them
Hunter gatherer days… need tribe to survive… protect against others and animals. Forge bonds… procreation… influenced by group. Collective thinking… group… part of identity… understand ourselves and what we stand for. Commitment. Pattern recognition.
Bonds with others
Purpose and Meaning
Rejection of others
More stand against than stand for
Propaganda Channel – positive feeling
Pay attention drama
Addicted to drama
Create drama more