One bias that we can all identify readily is the Frequency Illusion. It can be described as the illusion in which a word, a name, or other thing that has recently come to one's attention suddenly seems to appear with improbable frequency shortly afterwards. You know, like when you buy a new car then you notice how very many of that same brand and color are on the road too.
I have a perfect recent example. Since hubby and I have started hunting down barn quilt squares, we have noticed barns everywhere:
like on the most recent issue of Evansville Living magazine and on our church bulletin:
When I have not been appreciating barns, I have been working on old projects. I was guilty of the Ostrich Effect which is ignoring an obvious (negative) situation. Said situation would be various projects which I had buried deep
Here’s my favorite variation of the card. And don’t think that this is the last unopened card kit I have here in my Saharan studio.
What I no longer have is the make ‘n take kit I bought when I was a Stampin Up demonstator (circa 2007) and never used for my customers. Here’s one example of a mini photo album I just finished. I simplified the example and made up several of them until I got bored. Then I made a few cards, added some of the pretty scraps to my bin and recycled the rest.
I am definitely feeling some momentum in my quest to address unused kits, half done classes and new but untouched supplies around here. In fact, I would like to think that I could have them all addressed by the end of the year. But . . . that would then fall under another cognitive bias.
The Positive Outcome bias is the tendency to be over-optimistic, overestimating favorable and pleasing outcomes. Yes, good old-fashioned wishful thinking which might be derailed by the Planning Fallacy bias, that is, the tendency to underestimate task-completion times.
So in order not to sound too completely psychological (yes, psycho for short), let’s just see how it goes from here on out. Shall we?
If you want a handy dandy list of cognitive biases, check out Wikipedia here.