The Influence You Have: Why We're Blind To Our Power Over Others

So often we live inside our heads. We worry too much about ourselves, and we fail to see the signs that others are uncomfortable, anxious or afraid. On @HiddenBrain: understanding 'egocentric bias.'

2/26/2020 1:03:00 PM

So often we live inside our heads. We worry too much about ourselves, and we fail to see the signs that others are uncomfortable, anxious or afraid. On HiddenBrain: understanding 'egocentric bias.'

Think about the last time you asked someone for something. Maybe you were nervous or worried about what the person would think of you. Chances are that you didn't stop to think about the pressure you were exerting on that person. This week, we explore a phenomenon that psychologists refer to as 'egocentric bias,' and look at how this bias can lead us astray.

Malte Mueller/Getty Images/fStoptoggle captionMalte Mueller/Getty Images/fStopPsychologists say we often have a hard time recognizing how much pressure we put on other people when we ask them for something.Malte Mueller/Getty Images/fStopThink about the last time you asked someone for something. Maybe you were nervous or worried about what the person would think of you. Chances are that you didn't stop to think about the pressure

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