Action Bias

Wikipedia on social desirability bias:

Social desirability bias is the tendency of respondents to answer questions in a manner that will be viewed favorably by others. It can take the form of over-reporting good behavior or under-reporting bad behavior. The tendency poses a serious problem with conducting research with self-reports, especially questionnaires. This bias interferes with the interpretation of average tendencies as well as individual differences.

We always report success.
We usually report action.
We rarely report failures.
We never report idleness.

Is our perception of the world distorted by an action bias?

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  1. Jonathan September 20, 2012

    Is our perception of the world distorted by an action bias?

    Yes.

    But, and this is the key. What you are aware of you have power over.

    Your inner republic is an experience. Truth is an experience.
    Shadows are cast by reality. We see shadows and call them truth.
    When all we have to do is turn around and see what is casting the shadow is not the same as the shadow itself.

    Cogito ergo sum, consciousness within – appearance without.

    The mind worships. The mind compares, good vs bad. It is conditioned to do so.
    The action bias is the shadow casted by this truth.

    Can false problems ever be solved?

    We always report success. Because that is what we are told we all want.

    We usually report action. Because inaction is not measurable, it cannot be sold.

    We rarely report failures. Because failure is bad. And bad is to be avoided at all costs.

    We never report idleness. Because we are an action society. Stop doing, stop buying and we all die.

    Who is the controller and who is being controlled.

    We do X, to get to Z.

    When X becomes our reason, when we embrace that reason without agendas, without sides. Then the action bias shadow will be seen as a fleeting spirit of our former selves.

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