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Cognitive Bias: Evolving From Psychic Injury | Jesse Lawler
“Understanding of cognitive bias is a great inroad to self-acceptance of your own having made bad decisions because it's something we're all saddled with; every single one of us. Everyone is set up with the same set of biases. At this point, most cognitive biases are bugs; not features but just understanding that cognitive bias exists can keep us from kicking ourselves when we're down. Even though cognitive biases are sort of a built-in problem within the mind, they're also something that can help you make a connection to the past imprints in your mind so that you can heal.” – Jesse Lawler
How can you wade through all of the different opinions, research, and even your own past experiences to uncover and explore your cognitive biases?
On Wellness + Wisdom episode 207, AXON Labs Founder and Smart Drug Smarts Podcast Host, Jesse Lawler, joins us for the third time to share how to heal the psychic wounds that have been imprinted in your mind, the best way to seek out information without the bandwagon effect, and the dangers of groupthink and how to avoid it.
Discover how you can get out of your mind and into your soul to reveal who you truly are.
Smart Drug Smarts Podcast
“Intelligence is as fixed as a person's height.” Right? But guess what – you're part of the species that invented platform shoes, stilts, elevators, helium balloons and rocket ships. Smart Drug Smarts is for people interested in maximizing their brains — both in health and utility — using the latest findings in neuroscience.
Join Jesse Lawler as he chats with neuroscientists, biochemists, futurists, and multi-domain researchers into cognitive enhancement. Sleep, optimal nutrition, supplements and nootropics, cognitive enhancement, Artificial Intelligence, ketogenic diets, psychedelics, and tDCS are all on the table. Smart Drug Smarts doesn’t advocate any particular approach — we’re here to provide an accurate-as-possible body of knowledge in a field where the options available are growing daily.
About Smart Drug Smarts Podcast
Listen To Episode 207 As Jesse Lawler Uncovers:
- Whether or not in-person job interviews actually have any value at all when it comes to choosing the right candidate.
- The actual number of cognitive biases that we experience in a lifetime.
- Placebo vs Nocebo in studies and how they can affect the outcome result.
- How overwhelming it can be to make choices; especially when we face decision fatigue.
- Psychic wounds – how we can perceive them as trauma and how they imprint in our minds.
- The various expectations every person is born with and how a moment of being let down can negatively affect them.
- Bruno Bettelheim's thesis about expectations and being let down.
- What people get wrong or confused about cognitive bias.
- How optical illusions are an excellent way to understand what cognitive bias actually is.
- The fundamental attribution error – what it is and how we naturally react to it in different scenarios.
- How we can seek out the best, correct information out there amongst everything that's available to us.
- The replication crisis when studies are repeated or semi-repeated by different people with new results that don't match up with the original findings.
- How to correctly educate yourself on a new diet before actually trying it out.
- The power of looking at both the pros and cons in order to make a good decision.
- The best way to seek out information without the bandwagon effect, the dangers of groupthink and how to avoid it, as well as how psychic wounds have been imprinted in your mind.
- What kind of world we might be setting up for future generations.
- Whether or not psychedelics and deeper altered states of consciousness help reimprint past tragedies and elevate the pain of cognitive biases in our mind.
- What work you should do in order to integrate your mind before actually doing psychedelics.
- How you can improve your emotional intelligence by exploring your cognitive biases.
- What Jesse is doing now to continuously explore and discover who he is.
Power Quotes From The Show
“We intuitively think that more choices are good. So, if you give people three options, they'll analyze all their options and make a choice. However, if you give them 35 choices of the same thing, we won't want to read every label and either we end up not making a choice or just grab the closest one and make a completely uneducated choice versus at least looking over the top three.” – Jesse Lawler
“According to Bruno Bettelheim's thesis, the developmental age at which a person has when they experience their first big disappointment with reality really sets the psychic trajectory in motion that they will have for the rest of their life. You don't necessarily need to try to address it but sometimes that's good in certain cases. However, at least try to realize why you missed understanding the world so much that it came and smacked you in this particular way. The difference between somebody who receives a psychic wound when they were two versus fourteen is how they address it from a psychological standpoint and what's going to motivate them going forward throughout their life.” – Jesse Lawler
“So much of the information that each of us get day in and day out now is coming through some sort of digitally mediated stream rather than our own direct senses whether it's this conversation that we're having over the internet or news that we're reading that somebody else heard, it was written down, or transmitted to us, etc. If you had lived 200 years ago and you were a farmer, a lot of the information you got was from the work of your own hands. I would have known how the soil worked because I dig the soil with my own shovel and had first-hand experience with the world. You might not have known a lot but the things that you would've known came from direct experience and not mediated by any third party.” – Jesse Lawler
“Groupthink is definitely a danger. If you're in a group of 10 or 12 people, what the first person says has a primacy effect which can really affect what everyone else says. The first one to speak up is usually one of the more dominant ones in the group and holds a lot of social capital among everyone. Therefore, it becomes harder for each person to voice their own opinions if that's something that's going to cause conflict.” – Jesse Lawler
“The world is something that we make. If we're giving everybody participation awards and if a kid feels like they're the specialist snowflake in their class just by virtue of being there, that doesn't necessarily set themselves up for today's world but it might set them up for the world that exists in 20 years when if you feel bothered by anything outside, you can just plug into virtual reality where all of a sudden you're the star of your own television show in a Trumanesque world.” – Jesse Lawler
Links From Today's Show
- Jesse Lawler
- Smart Drug Smarts
- WFR 097 Jesse Lawler: Brainpower, Consciousness, & The Placebo Effect
- WFR 036 Jesse Lawler: How to Build A Bulletproof Brain
- Smart Drug Smarts Podcast
- Smart Drug Smarts Podcast #220 – Cognitive Fallacies with Dr. Richard E. Nisbett
- Smart Drug Smarts Podcast #211 – MDMA vs. PTSD
- AXON Labs
- Brain Breakfast
- The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim
- Dr. Robin Carhart Harris
- Dr. Joe Dispenza
- Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
- Do The Work With Byron Katie
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
- Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
- WFR 129 Gretchen Rubin
About Jesse Lawler
Jesse Lawler is the Founder of AXON Labs and the Host of Smart Drug Smarts. Smart Drug Smarts is a top-ranked podcast that brings you actionable insights from world-leading experts in neuroscience and psychopharmacology — for the enhancement and protection of your greatest asset: your own brain.
SmartDrugSmarts Podcast explores a range of health, wellness, fasting, cognitive enhancement, smart drugs, meditation, altered states of consciousness and basically anything or anyone that supports human and brain optimization.