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Wishful thinking


We often accuse others of wishful thinking, but we seldom consider its effects on ourselves. As much as anyone, our beliefs are shaped not just by what we think is true but also by what we'd prefer is true, and the amount of proof that we need to be convinced of something is inversely proportional to how much we want to be convinced of it.

Solution: Always subtract your desire to believe from the available evidence.

Source: https://gurwinder.substack.com/p/10-reasons-your-beliefs-are-probably