Provocative Statement that leads to coaching

I read this in  a comment after the “bias” article in the last post.


“Oh and, by the way, you’ll never be able to truly gauge any of the biases you might be operating under since it’s not possible to accurately observe a system you’re part of.”


Yes theoretically this it true but if you could know how your mind works as well as mechanic knows how a car engine does the effect of the biases will be negligible. More complete information lessens the bias effect it seems…

To me, this says a lot about coaching. The coach is the observer/supporter outside of one’s own system. When that person is non-judgmental and focused on the client’s agenda, the reality-screen effect of the biases melts.

BTW my favorite biases in the list are

Confirmation bias – the tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions.

Illusion of control – the tendency for human beings to believe they can control or at least influence outcomes which they clearly cannot.

Impact bias – the tendency for people to overestimate the length or the intensity of the impact of future feeling states.

Information bias – the tendency to seek information even when it cannot affect action.

Outcome bias – the tendency to judge a decision by its eventual outcome instead of based on the quality of the decision at the time it was made.

actually, I find them all really thought-stimulating.

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