Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Daniel Kahneman: It's "more enjoyable to identify the mistakes of others"

More wisdom on mistakes and self-knowledge from one of the best books of 2011, Daniel Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow":

It is much easier, as well as far more enjoyable, to identify and label the mistakes of others than to recognize our own. Questioning what we believe and want is difficult at the best of times, and especially difficult when we most need to do it, but we can benefit from the informed opinions of others.

Part of what I'm trying to figure out here is if we can make it a little easier to look inside ourselves, to get a better idea of what we "believe and want," so we can make better decisions and sidestep avoidable mistakes. Another objective is to get us to think about how to make better mistakes, so that given our difficulty in truly knowing what drives us, we can find that out by trial and error with lower cost to ourselves and others. Finally, by sharing others' mistakes, I hope you can learn more about your own situations and maybe take that learning into account in your own decision-making.

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