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Observer vs Actor Bias

People tend to attribute their personal actions on others, if they view their actions are not “up to snuff”.  The reason they are in a bad mood and snapping at you is because someone cut them off in traffic or someone turned off their alarm.

On the other hand when it is the other way around, the credit is accepted. “I am in a great mood because I got up, did my exercises and arrived to work on time.”

I see this bias all the time.

Information on other bias forms

The Halo Bias

Availability Heuristic Bias

Hindsight Bias

Anchoring Bias

Cognitive Bias

  • Question of

    Have you witnessed this bias?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do think it is a common bias?

    • Yes
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