Jumping to Conclusions


Jumping to conclusions is pretty common. We rely on mental shortcuts. I know I do. It’s in our blood. It’s quicker. So what if there isn’t that much proof in the pudding. Sometimes it can give you a bit of closure and a sense of certainty. That’s what I have been reading up on today. Quite fascinating.

I am just pulling out 3 from the list of 7 they wrote about.

Casual assumptions – I’m so guilty of jumping to conclusions when it comes to the simple stuff. I’ll usually get it right cause they are everyday things that you come across time and again. You can get a bit flippant sometimes. What’s the worst that can happen? Well maybe if you were a doctor that would be a bit of a problem.

Labeling – I hate it when people put you in a box. That’s so not cool. Look at that lady with those cats. You know what they say about crazy cat ladies. Ha…gotcha! I don’t have a cat.

Assume you know what will happen – What do they say. When you assume you make an ASS out of U and ME. The thing is you have a 50/50 chance your guess will be right with this one. Reminds me of an early scene in The Holiday. She was right tho’

And here are the rest.

7 main ways to jump to conclusions.

  1. Casual assumptions – Based on what you already know to be true. 
  2. Inference-observation confusion – Conclusions based on logic not proof.
  3. Assume you know what will happen – “I knew my book wouldn’t sell”
  4. Mind reading – Assume you know what other people are thinking.
  5. Extreme extrapolation – Making things a bigger issue than they are – Where there’s smoke there’s fire.
  6. Overgeneralizing – Because this book is a best seller all my books will be. 
  7. Labeling – This one speaks for itself. 
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5 thoughts on “Jumping to Conclusions

  1. I actually use this to my advantage in storytelling. I mean, there’s very little reason for someone to be in your home, late at night, with a black-and-white costume on, and your mind has probably made an assumption from this image, but then I reveal that person as a football referee who’s just gotten a bit too drunk to find his home, and voila, misdirection!

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