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Thought Catalog 31

We often look back on the things we’ve just learned and assumed we knew them or believed them all along.

The origin of certain emotional states is unavailable to us, and when pressed to explain them, we will make something up.

We are far more likely to believe something is commonplace if we can find just one example of it, and we are far less likely to believe in something we’ve never seen or heard of before.

We prefer the things we own because we rationalize our past choices to protect our sense of self.

When we are unsure of something, we are more likely to accept strange explanations.

In any argument, anger will tempt us to reframe our opponent’s position.

The desire to reach consensus and avoid confrontation hinders progress.

We often excuse our failures and see ourselves as more prosperous, more intelligent, and more skilled than we are.

Memories are constructed anew each time from whatever information is currently available, which makes them highly permeable to influences from the present.

We translate our physical world into words and then believe those words.

We often create conditions for failure ahead of time to protect your ego.

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