How We’re Sabotaged By Bias

Can you escape the prisons of your mind?

When I was in high school, I hated swim class. I remember little about it, except that during one class, I somehow got into a tussle with a girl beneath the water. I had pulled free and was swimming up to the surface, desperate to breathe, when suddenly I was being pulled back down to the bottom of the pool. I couldn’t believe it; the girl was using me like a ladder.

In life, it’s not uncommon to feel like we are being held back. It’s something that we can’t figure out — all we know is that something is keeping us from living our best lives and being our best selves. We may have stopped blaming others for this, but then we’re stuck feeling sabotaged by our ‘self’ in some way. There are many things arising from the mind that can hold us back, not the least of which, is bias.

Bias causes us to be prejudiced against or in favor of something, often in an unfair way. And it’s an incredibly potent part of the human condition. There are a huge number of different types of biases — just to show how entrenched in it we are — and most of us have no idea how they are controlling us and setting up the trajectory for the rest of our lives.

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