13.04.14

Why Your Brain Makes Hypocritical Decisions

Why Your Brain Makes Hypocritical Decisions



Why Your Brain Makes Hypocritical Decisions (And What to Do About It)


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I have some bad news for you. You've probably made more than a few hypocritical decisions in your life. We all do it. The good news is: you can learn to avoid compromising what you believe.

When you hear the word "hypocrisy," you probably think of evil politicians or other big-name hypocrites, but it's something we all do every day. In the simplest sense, hypocrisy is holding a particular belief about how to act, but not actually behaving that way. For example, you may claim to love the environment, but you put zero effort into recycling. While this is usually a pretty bad thing, there's a reason we do it. And, more importantly, there are ways to avoid it.

Why We Compromise Our Beliefs

Forced Compliance

Post-Decision Dissonance

Effort Justification

How to Fight Cognitive Dissonance

Second Guess Your Decisions Now and Then

Have a Sense of Humor About Your Choices

Separate Yourself from Your Emotions



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