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Unformatted text preview: Module 2: Perception and Mindset There are a number of problem areas in our thinking. Morgan Jones, a former CIA analyst, noted: 1. Emotions play a role in most thoughts and decisions. 2. Subconscious mental shortcuts influence our conscious thinking (Jones, 1998, p.13). 3. We see the world around is in terms of patterns (Jones, 1998, p.17). This makes us attribute causality to many things that have no relation to one another. 4. We rely upon biases and assumptions (Jones, 1998, p.22). 5. We need to explain everything (Jones, 1998, p.34). This means we come up with reasons for everything, particularly when we dont know the reason. 6. We look for evidence that will prove what we already think (assume) and ignore conflicting evidence (Jones, 1998, p.38). Biases and mindsets are not positions we think of consciously, but rather are the sum total of our experiences, education, socialization, culture and other factors that create who we are. The century in which we live, our age, gender, educational level, marital status, location, and spiritual life all influence us.which we live, our age, gender, educational level, marital status, location, and spiritual life all influence us....
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2011 for the course HLS 355 taught by Professor Denis during the Spring '10 term at Thomas Edison State.
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