cognitive bias

Why We Shouldn’t Be Surprised When Great Players Make Horrible Executives: The Halo Effect

I was discussing the NBA with my cousin when the topic of the Charlotte Bobcats came up. Michael Jordan (current majority owner, former personnel exec)’s role in the mess took center stage. The Bobcats (the worst team in the league in 2011-2012) have missed the playoffs five out of six times since Jordan joined the …

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Increase Your Interpersonal and Social Intelligence

Perhaps the most pivotal concept in Social Psychology is the Fundamental Attribution Error. Understanding this concept can disabuse you of one of the most prevalent cognitive biases in social interaction. The Fundamental Attribution Error explains how we fall short when analyzing the behaviors of those around us. Fundamental Attribution Error: We attribute the behaviors of …

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How to Overcome Shyness and Social Anxiety

The following is an excerpt from my book. Have you ever worried that a minor public gaffe would forever ruin your reputation? The following should be very comforting: In 2000, Social Psychologists Thomas Gilovich, Kenneth Savitsky, Victoria Husted Medvec coined a term to explain this sentiment: The Spotlight Effect. Spotlight Effect: We assume that our appearances …

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