Fast and Slow Thinking and You!

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Key Point: There is much to learn from the current research on how our thinking and mind works. The brilliant and extensive work captured by Daniel Kahneman in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, provides much “food for thought.” In some cases he means it literally. When we are deep in what Kahneman describes as “system 2” or “slow” thinking, the glucose depletion is measurable. Read more to understand the implication for you and me.

Summarizing Kahneman’s research and 700 plus pages in this blog is presumptuous to say the least. But here’s the quickie. As we navigate our lives, we allow ourselves to be guided by impressions and feelings. This justifies the confidence we have in our intuitive beliefs, but NOT ALWAYS. It is easier (a shortcut) to over indulge in intuitive thinking (“system 1” or “fast” thinking). “Slow” thinking, on the other hand, requires more effort and concentration, but is often warranted even though we may not think so. Sometimes we are too confident, even when we are wrong.

Character Move:

  1. Have the courage to know when to question your judgments. If you’re in an emergency it usually isn’t the time for “slow” thinking. However in other times when we “really” know we’re right, some additional validation may be warranted.
  2. Recognize that objective observers are normally more likely to detect our errors in judgment than we are. It is important to have that network of trusted advisors who can honestly point out our potential errors in judgment and biases. We need to have an open mind and listen.
  3. Be proactive in calling for an analysis when the situation warrants. Give yourself the time and apply “slow”, “system 2” thinking. Challenge yourself and call for an objective look at the evidence. It is a worthwhile investment and the self-learning can be profound

Balancing “slow” and “fast” thinking in The Triangle,