People search for information that confirms their view of the world and ignore what doesn’t fit.
In an uncertain world, people love to be right because it helps us make sense of things. Indeed some psychologists think it’s akin to a basic drive.
One of the ways they strive to be correct is by looking for evidence that confirms they are correct, sometimes with depressing or comic results:
A woman hires a worker that turns out to be incompetent. She doesn’t notice that everyone else is doing his work for him because she is so impressed that he shows up every day, right on time.
A sports fan who believes his team is the best only seems to remember the matches they won and none of the embarrassing defeats to inferior opponents.
A man who loves the country life, but has to move to the city for a new job…
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