August 19, 2008

Am I as Biased as You?

Seems elementary and cliched but there is a truism here. Emily Pronin, in a paper in the prestigious Science magazine in May this year, writes about how people see themselves differently from how they see others.
They are immersed in their own sensations, emotions, and cognitions at the same time that their experience of others is dominated by what can be observed externally. This basic asymmetry has broad consequences. It leads people to judge themselves and their own behavior differently from how they judge others and those others' behavior. Often, those differences produce disagreement and conflict. Understanding the psychological basis of those differences may help mitigate some of their negative effects.
You can read the above paper as well as many of her other related papers through her website.

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