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SA+8 - • Context is a premature cognitive commitment a...

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Mindlessness We experience the world by creating categories and making distinctions among them We take in and use limited signals from the world around us without letting other signals penetrate as well Such actions that we think of as intelligent, such as reading and writing, can be done quite automatically The way something is phrased can affect our actions. Unless a request is large or absurd, most people don’t actively think about what was said. Habit implies mindlessness and repetition can lead to mindlessness Becoming conscious or mindful about something you normally do mindlessly can incapacitate you. The way we first take in information (either mindfully or mindlessly) determines how we will use it later. Freud said: for unconscious thoughts there is motivated-not-knowing Can become mindlessly entrapped if valuable things in life are perceived as limited You can alter/push limits by changing cognitive commitment
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Unformatted text preview: • Context is a premature cognitive commitment, a mindset • Serious effects of mindlessness: inhibiting self-image, unintended cruelty, loss of control, and stunted potential • A single-minded self-image leaves both individual and corporations dangerously vulnerable (e.g. if wife views herself as husband’s keeper – what happens if he dies?) • Self-induced dependence – loss of confidence after taking a break from something we were once good at • Having a negative label (e.g. dumb) can undermine performance • Falling into a routine instead of making decisions anew each time can cause us to get mindlessly seduced into activities we wouldn’t engage in otherwise • If exposed to multiple reasons for why things are the way they are, then we will likely recover more easily • Feeling like we have no control (leads to) learned helplessness Reading 8: Langer...
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