How people think

Our biased view of the world  |  Our intent  |  Our understanding of each other  |  How we judge others differently to how we judge ourselves (the hypocrisy that is in all of us)  |  A propensity for passivity and lazy thinking  |  Real differences between people  |  A tendency towards prejudice and stereotyping  |  What motivates people  |  The influence of status  |  Self-interest or vested-interest behaviour

Quiz/Tests

 

The reference to ‘People’ in the text below is a reference to people in general, and as such is also a reference to ourselves. When we refer to how we see the world or how others see us, this is also about how others see the world and about how we see others.

 

Our biased view of the world

Intent

Our understanding of each other

How we judge others differently to how we judge ourselves (the hypocrisy that is in all of us)

A propensity for passivity and lazy thinking

Real differences between people

A tendency towards prejudice and stereotyping

What motivates people

The influence of status

Self-interest or vested-interest behavior

Quiz/Tests

 

Reminder on taking tests: It’s not about trying to prove you already know it, it’s about learning.
Question 1

Which of the following is closest to be being true:

a. Your intuition is your subconscious working through an issue, and you should always go with it.
b. Your intuition is often a reliable guide, but it is also liable to prejudice. Use it when issues are not too important, but you should supplement it with more deliberate decision making when issues are important.
c. Your intuition is never to be trusted.

 

Question 2

Which of the following are largely true:

a. The more certain someone is about something the more likely it is to be true.
b. We can rely upon our senses. If we see or hear something then it is a true reflection of what we saw or heard.
c. People with a high IQ are unlikely to be taken in by scams.
d. People are only out for themselves.

 

Question 3

i. Do most people tend to see their own behavior as:
a. Largely dictated by circumstances or,
b. Largely dictated by their personalities.

ii. Do most people tend to see other people’s behavior as:
a. Largely dictated by circumstances or,
b. Largely dictated by their personalities.

 

Question 4

Abstract Intelligence is the ability to reason in logical or mathematical terms. What other types of intelligence can you name and describe?

 

Question 5

Complete the following:

a. People who lack self-awareness lack the ability to program themselves and are therefore … .
b. Many people don’t do what is most important; they do … .
c. The best predictor of what a person will do is … .

 

Question 6

You may not appear to others the way you think you appear. What are common ways the following be thought of in a more negative manner:

a. You consider yourself logical, others may see you as …;
b. You see yourself as decisive, others may see you as …;
c. You see yourself as caring, others may see you as …;
d. You see yourself as organized, others may see you as …;
e. You see yourself as flexible, others may see you as …;
f. You see yourself a cooperative, others may see you as … .

 

Question 7

Do you believe you have more common sense than most other people?

Yes or No.

 

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