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When Reality Gets Twisted: Why We Stick to Our Stories

When Reality Gets Twisted: Why We Stick to Our Stories

Ever argued with someone who just won't budge, no matter what? It's like they're wearing reality-blinders! But here's the thing – we all do it. We twist the truth to fit our own version of reality, and no amount of reasoning can shake us from it.

You know those moments when you're convinced you're right, even when evidence says otherwise? That's cognitive bias at work. We cherry-pick info that backs up what we already believe, and anything contradictory? Nah, we just brush it off.

But wait, there's more! We're masters of self-deception too. Ever told yourself a little white lie to feel better? Yep, that's self-deception. We're like fiction writers, crafting stories that shield us from uncomfortable truths.

And it's not just about us – it messes with relationships too. Ever misread someone's actions because you're projecting your own stuff onto them? Guilty! We're all guilty of distorting reality to fit our own narrative.

So, how do we snap out of it? Step one: wake up and smell the bias. Recognize when you're seeing things through biased glasses. Step two: swap judgment for curiosity. Instead of digging in your heels, try seeing things from the other person's perspective.

It's a messy journey, but worth it. Let's ditch the reality-blinders, embrace the messiness, and see the world with fresh eyes. After all, life's too short to stick to the same old story.

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