A lot of people are biased, and they don’t know it.
So, how can one reliably discover if he has such a blind spot? Well, the answer lies in following this simple method:
Integrate all the context available to you!
Let us assume you play Tennis and that you are a biased person. So, when you put the ball in your opponent’s court, most of the times you judge the ball to be inside-the-court when actually it is outside-the-court.
Let us assume that this is a blind spot–a bias that is unknown to you. So, how can you use the method mentioned above?
Well, let us first build some hypothetical context that you will be facing, in all likelihood:
- You would notice that a lot of your friends would avoid playing with you. You would also notice that they would not be doing the same with other people
- You would notice that a lot of your friends would often get into fights with you. You would also notice that they would not be doing the same with other people
- You would notice that your performance in poorer when you play in front of an umpire/referee vs. playing without an umpire/referee
If you are honest in your intent you will be able to acknowledge the above reality.
And, if you are diligent enough in your introspection and integration (i.e. in connecting the above dots), you will be able to soon realize that it is you who is being biased.1