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Consistency Bias

The Big Idea for Friday, October 25, 2013

Let's compare the Republicans' shifting position on Obamacare - in respect to the individual mandate, a Republican idea - and the hypocrisy of many Democrats on the national security versus civil liberties debate.

Both of these inconsistencies might be explained, in part, by what is called consistency bias.  

"Consistency bias is part of your overall desire to reduce the discomfort of cognitive dissonance,"David McRaney writes in You Are Not So Smart, "the emotions you feel when noticing you are of two minds on one issue." 



  1. 1 Consistency Bias: Chasing the Mechanical Bunny, Obamacare
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 Americans Are Sadly, Hilariously Clueless About Obamacare
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  3. 3 Slow Down, You Think Too Fast
    Daniel Kahneman
  4. 4 Why You'll Always Think Your Big Changes Are Behind You
    David Berreby Mind Matters

Consistency Bias

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