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STTS: Think Smart Work Smarter by Tremaine Du Preez

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Why bother with brain bloopers?

• To understand that we make mistakes that we aren’t even aware of.

• To recognise mistakes in the decision making of others which can affect us.

• To better predict how other people will respond to our decisions.

Troubleshooting tip 1: Don’t take mental shortcuts

Shortcuts get us to where we want to go quicker. They save time, energy and sometimes, money. There’s no harm in that really. A mental shortcut works in exactly the same way. Our brain uses more oxygen and energy (enough to power a 20 watt light bulb) than most of our other organs. However, the brain is very lazy, and it doesn’t like to use energy ‘willy nilly’. It would rather store it just in case it’s needed later. Therefore, our brain develops shortcuts ...

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