Previously, I introduced the representativeness heuristic as a mental shortcut we all use to make quick judgments based not on the relevant information, but rather on representations of archetypes we already know. One representation we already know is that of the liberal.
I may not be living in the same reality you are. We may have wildly different reactions to the same stimulus. We may not just disagree on issues – our very interpretations of the world around us as facts or truth can be so far apart that my reality may be different from yours. How would we get there? It’s no accident. It’s reality building.
Remember this line of letters. I’ll quiz you at the end. NRAUSSREPANYPAMLKBLT
Turn on 24-hour cable news right now. Just do it. I know it’s annoying. But this is important. I’ll wait.
Psychologists describe mental shortcut judgments we all make as ‘heuristics’.
A wealth of social psychology studies over the past two decades have allowed us a better glimpse into the way we think.