Stop extrapolating your perceptions
Hey there, it going? The other day I was talking to a friend about the house prices in London.
After years of increasing prices, it seems that prices are now decreasing. When I lived in London in 2014 and 2015, I thought that would never happen.
Prices were increasing rapidly and I extrapolated my perceptions. So did many other people at the time. It’s the same thing in Amsterdam, where prices are currently still increasing.
But unfortunately, we can’t simply extrapolate everything we see. And yet, we do it all the time.
Think about it. How often do you make mental movies when someone doesn’t respond to you text, don’t hear back after a job-interview, or when you make a mistake? We’re always so quick with our judgments!
In today’s article, I give examples of why that’s dangerous. And, I share an important stoic exercise that I learned from Marcus Aurelius.
Read: Stop Extrapolating Your Perceptions (3-min read)
I also share a simply strategy that you can use to prevent yourself from getting lost in your perceptions and judgments.
I hope you find it useful! Thanks for reading!
Stop Extrapolating Your Perceptions
September 20, 2018
I bet that you’re extrapolating your perceptions all the time. Let me give you a few examples and tell whether I’m wrong.
“House prices will probably keep increasing.”
“That person will never change.”
“My business will keep growing.”
“I will never learn from my mistakes.”
“He doesn’t like me.”
We often have these type of thoughts multiple times a day. The root of this problem is our quick judgment.
Humans are very fast thinkers. But how fast do we even think?
Scientists have quantified the speed of light and sound, but when it comes to thoughts, it’s not that easily measured.
Researchers that did experiments with measuring the speed of thought, found the following: Thoughts can be generated and acted upon within 150 milliseconds.
If that’s really true, we’re faster than the load time of Google. The median load time for Google.com on mobile is currently 600 ms.
We’re Fast Thinkers
But that doesn’t mean we should follow through on every single thought that pops into our mind.
Have you ever tried measuring how many random thoughts that pop up in your mind? Just do a simple experiment. For the rest of the day, be aware of your thoughts.
Don’t follow through. Every time you start thinking about future events or start making mental movies, keep count on a post-it note or small piece of paper.
I did it one day at the office. It looked like this:
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Stop Extrapolating Your Perceptions – Darius Foroux
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