Humans’ Bias Blind Spot and Its Societal Significance

Emily Pronin, Lori Hazel

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Human beings have a bias blind spot. We see bias all around us but sometimes not in ourselves. This asymmetry hinders self-knowledge and fuels interpersonal misunderstanding and conflict. It is rooted in cognitive mechanics differentiating self- and social perception as well as in self-esteem motives. It generalizes across social, cognitive, and behavioral biases; begins in childhood; and appears across cultures. People show a bias blind spot in high-stakes contexts, including investing, medicine, human resources, and law. Strategies for addressing the problem are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-409
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • bias
  • conflict
  • decision-making
  • judgment
  • self-awareness
  • social cognition


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