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

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.

Psychologists 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/fStop toggle caption Malte Mueller/Getty Images/fStop Psychologists 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/fStop 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 exerted on that person. Psychologists say we are often consumed with our own perspective, and fail to see the signs that others are uncomfortable, anxious or afraid. Read more: NPR

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