Cognitive Biases and the Story of Social Intelligence
All people are affected by cognitive biases that distort how we Think, Act and React to the world around us. This happens because our brains are lazy—we look for quick interpretations of events and easy solutions to problems. We develop habits so we don’t have to expend energy thinking about what we’re doing (because thinking is hard work; our brains consume approximately 20% of the body’s energy every day so habits help to save precious energy.) But, the side effect is that we often make mistakes and decisions unaware we are on autopilot. Our brains use shortcuts that interfere with our ability to pay attention to what’s going on around us.
When it comes to Social Intelligence, these biases affect our ability to communicate, understand and connect with others, innovate, and adapt easily to change. To develop better Social Intelligence, we need to break through these cognitive biases by changing our behavior and habits.