The Optimism Bias – Tali Sharot

An interesting psychology book that I found and bought from a heap and pile of books in a bookstore near my office was The Optimism Bias – Why We’re Wired to Look on The Bright Side written by Tali Sharot. This book is about the tendency of human to have some degree of bias towards optimism. The writer wrote that most people have tendency to hold some bias of optimism about themselves, they picture their lives to be better in the future, they picture themselves to be able to overcome crisis while other people are swept away in crisis. The writer also wrote about the power of hope, how hope can enable people to try to achieve something in hope of getting something better, and why Friday seems better than Sunday in relation with hope. The writer also wrote about the accuracy of human memories, that human memories of an event might not be 100% as accurate as the facts. The level of human confidence of their memories on certain events might also be dependent on the intensity of their emotions toward the events.

Optimism Bias - Tali Sharot

The Optimism Bias book cover

An interesting quote that the writer quoted from Emily Pronin and M. B. Kugler in “Valuing Thoughts, Ignoring Behavior: The Introspection Illusion as a Source of the Bias Blind Spot” in Journal of Experimental Psychology (2006) was “People tend to judge the extent of other people’s bias according to their behavior but judge their own biases according to their internal feelings, thoughts, and motivations.” This statement might be true, seeing that people could so easily judge other people as wrong and yet could excuse themselves for doing the same thing and thus hurting other people in the process.

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