Confirmation of Bias Essay

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Confirmation Bias As human beings we form our own expectations, judgments, and impressions with ease; we adapt our generalizations in any given situation. As convenient as this may be at times, it can also be a negative thing. Confirmation bias can easily influence our perceptions and holding certain beliefs can also generate their own confirmation; regardless of the statistics, facts or proof. Our preconception of society, world or even general situations, will greatly influence how we will interpret those things and situations or by the beliefs that we hold. Since most people tend to side with information that confirms how they may perceive a situation, a good example would be gun control and the bias that may arise depending on the person availability heuristic on the topic or how bias they are on the topic, they may look for certain, bias information to confirm their beliefs. The beliefs we hold can also generate confirmation for us as well. For example, holding a belief that a supervisor at work may not be the proper person for the job can lead one to treat that person in such manner; regardless of the skills that the person has that got them the promotion in the first place. Forming such reasoning can lead us to create false beliefs. However, our same ability to form and adapt our explanations, judgments and impressions can also lead us to make false beliefs. Therefore, confirmation bias can be both a positive and negative aspect in our lives depending on the situation at
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