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The danger of jumping to conclusions

We are all guilty of jumping to conclusions.

Human nature seems to dictate that we often see the worst case scenario in everyday situations.

This is because we are under pressure to make quick decisions, usually influenced by pre-conceived ideas and things we have experienced in the past.

As a result, we are prone to ‘putting two and two together and making five’, jumping to incorrect conclusions, and then making bad decisions based on them.

These poor decisions then lead to stress.

Part of the problem is that we tend to believe that our beliefs are the truth, and that the truth is obvious.

In reality, any conclusions we make are entirely subjective, and depend on how we interpret things.

So how can we avoid doing this?

First, we have to change our habits by understanding the thought process. On our Developing Resilience eLearning course, we use something called the Ladder of Inference.

From the top of the ladder, we work backwards from what we’ve chosen to believe down to the bottom where we only have the facts.

It helps you remain objective, and helps you realise that many negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours are caused by misunderstandings that can be avoided.

Once we get into the habit of being able to analyse why we feel certain things, it becomes second nature.

We’re able to see the bigger picture, other peoples’ perspectives, and logical solutions.

Learn more about the Ladder on our Developing Resilience eLearning course.

 

Take care,

Team BounceBack

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