Piano Staircase – Great Example of How to Change Behavior

"Fun can obviously change behavior for the better." This is Volkswagen's theory about changing behavior and this video is a great example of how they tested and proved their theory. The people at Volkswagen call this "The Fun Theory" Most people struggle to get exercise because it's hard work. We've all heard that it's better to take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, but let's face it, if it were easy, everybody would be doing it. You can see in this video, there was a big … [Read more...]

Misinterpreting Problems Based on Past Experiences

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." ~Abraham Maslow This quote from Maslow is a great example of confirmation bias. Basically, what this is saying is that we interpret or misinterpret the circumstances of our lives based on our past experiences. Here's an example. Jennifer went through several bad relationships. But a new trend was developing. In the past, it took weeks for a doomed relationship to officially end. But the last two relationships … [Read more...]

How Biases Affect Your Choices and Behavior

Are you Biased? Before you answer that question, first let's look at what a bias is. A bias, put simply, is a preference or prejudice toward something, such as a particular point of view, a specific way of thinking or an inclination of one choice over another. We may not always be aware of our biases, but we have them...hundreds of them...even thousands of them. So what? Does it really matter? Well, that depends on you. Is every area of your life peachy-keen? If so, then don't worry about it … [Read more...]