"I don't believe it's humanly possible to be free of bias." - Robin DiAngelo
People always see the world through their own identity glasses. This is shaped by cognitive thought patterns that influence judgment.
We are all influenced by unconscious biases, such as automatic stereotypes or other faulty tendencies in perception, memory and judgment.
This applies to the way we think, make decisions, or interact with others.
Indeed, it is "mental shortcuts" that lead to faster information processing and help us make better decisions.
These biases can lead to distorted judgments, causing more harm than good.
Especially when dealing with people, bias can be fatal.
We can learn to recognize, question and reduce our patterns of perception and decision-making.
Regular self-reflection and an open, transparent communication culture are the start to getting a handle on these biases.
However, such a learning process requires regular attention!