Belief bias is a psychological term that describes how people react to information, or how people believe things. For example, if someone is saying “I believe the universe is all-powerful,” or “I believe the earth is flat,” then that is pretty close to an automatic reaction.
And that is exactly how that belief bias works in our minds. When we believe something, we automatically think we are right. When we believe something, we automatically think we are wrong. This is true for every single thought we have, every word we say, and every decision we make. We don’t have to think about it for it to be true. We can, however, think about the evidence for or against us.
The problem, and one of the reasons why we are often not very good at noticing our own bias, is that we have an over-reliance on evidence. Many times our beliefs are based on very little evidence but it seems like the evidence is always there. For example, if you believe that you are a superhero who can only be killed by Superman, then you will automatically assume that Superman is your best friend.
As it turns out, Superman isn’t a friend at all. It’s just a very very unlikely, very powerful friend. The problem our brain has with this is that we tend to believe the evidence to be true, and so we believe that Superman is our friend. In fact, we believe that Superman is Superman because we believe that our brain was programmed in the first place to believe that story. Of course, it is also true that the evidence is not always true.
If you believe Superman is your best friend, your brain will automatically assume that he is a friend, too, because that’s how your brain works. You don’t have to go look for Superman. He’s right there in your brain.
This is very similar to the “belief bias” the psychologists call “the illusion of control.” This is when we believe that our own actions cause the effects we see. For example, if we believe that we can play a guitar, we will start to play a guitar. It is the same effect, same reason. But the problem with that is that if we play a guitar, it will be a guitar we play.
So, believe your own lies, and you might find it hard to believe the lies of others. If you really believe that you can play a guitar, then that belief might be more powerful than the truth.
It’s good that we believe that our own actions cause the causes we see. We tend to believe that if you do X, then Y will happen. But what if you’re willing to do X, but not Y? Then you might not believe that you can change that.
We all do this in real life, which is why many people do things that they would never do in real life. So in order to stop believing that our actions can affect our lives, many people put very strong limits on what they do in life.
If you really want to change your life, then you have to believe that what you do matters for your future. We all have this belief, and it’s an incredibly powerful one, so for those who say they can do X without Y, they’re lying, because they don’t have that belief.