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Willful Blindness

There is a scientific term for ignoring the obvious, in psychology it is called ‘willful blindness.’  Psychologist, author, CEO and part-time lecturer Margaret Heffernan explains:

“Willful blindness is a human phenomenon to which we all succumb in matters little and large.
We can’t notice and know everything.
So, this means that we train our brain to filter or edit the information we want to let in.
Consequently, what we choose to let out is crucial.
The tendency is for us to let in information that makes us feel good about ourselves, whilst conveniently filtering out whatever unsettles our fragile ego and most vital beliefs.
Fear of conflicts and fear of change keep us that way.
The problem with this is that everything outside that warm, safe circle is in our blind spot, making us willfully blind!”

The good news is that willful blindness, or ‘channel-thinking’ isn’t a fatal diagnosis of the human condition. Margaret Heffernan also explains:

“Willful blindness may be our natural evolutionary cultivated tendency,
but the plasticity and responsiveness of our minds is what makes each of us most remarkable and our capability to change can never be underestimated.”

 

From: 20/20 Vision and the Psychology of Willful Blindness

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