Thinking doesn't make you smart!

THE MISCONCEPTION: The use of mind, thinking, makes you a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is.
THE TRUTH: You are as deluded as the rest of population, but that’s OK, it keeps you sane.

Your thinking are based on the three main subjects of your psychology - cognitive biases (predicable patterns), heuristics (mental shortcuts), and logical fallacies (wishful thinking).

These are components of your mind, like organs in your body, which under the ordinary conditions serve you well.

Life, unfortunately, isn’t always lived under the ordinary conditions. But suddenly, the lockdown happens so nothing is ordinary anymore.

I used the psychology, observing your behavior, and I applied scientific method so these categorized and quantified self-deceptions became visible to you.

Cognitive biases are predicable patterns of your thought and behavior that lead you to draw incorrect conclusions.

You and everyone else look only into official news regarding coronavirus crisis. In such way you are predictable seeing the crisis in completely wrong ways, and you rarely notice your predictability.

For example, you tend to look for coronavirus that confirms official standpoint of testing procedure and ignore information that challenges them. This is called confirmation bias.

Many of the coronavirus news scares you by causing a fear for yourself, your family and loved ones. That's understandable but at the same time, (completely psychologically illogical view) the same news keeps you confident in your own understanding and consequently perceptions of seeing the situation.

You don't understand that the news are served to you so there is no possibility for your own investigation into the matter.

Cognitive biases lead to poor choices, bad judgments, and wacky insights that are often totally incorrect.

In psychology of human mind, heuristics are mental shortcuts you use to solve common problems. They speed up processing in the brain, but sometimes make you think so fast you miss what is important.

Instead of taking the long way around and deeply contemplating the best course of action or the most logical train of thought, you use heuristics to arrive at a conclusion in record time.

Some heuristics are excellent for the ordinary times but when the circumstances are extraordinary the mental shortcuts should not be used at all. When you use the mental shortcuts, you help your mind stay frugal. But in exceptional times, the use of mental shortcuts produce unnecessary noise in your mind, you see the world as more complex place than it really is.

For example, if you notice a rise in reports about coronavirus deaths on the news, you start to believe the crisis is out of control, when the only thing you know for sure is the news is delivering more stories about deaths than usual.

Logical fallacies are assumptions where you reach a conclusion without all the facts because you don’t care to hear them or have no idea how limited your information is.

They are direct result of wishful thinking. Sometimes you apply good logic to false premises; at other times you apply bad logic to the truth.

For instance, if you hear the mask protects people from breathing virus particles from the air, you might assume the coronavirus is spread through the air (which is not true). This is called the argument from authority.

Anyway, look into your own mind using the science of psychology. Be aware of your thinking process, know yourself.

You will soon realize you are not so smart, and thanks to cognitive biases, faulty heuristics, and common fallacies of thought, you are probably deluding yourself this very minute.