This cool video lets you examine your blind spot, the place where your optic nerve goes into your retina. Usually each eye can compensate for the other eye and we have the illusion of an unbroken field of vision. But it is just that, an illusion.
[Thanks to Brown student Guillaume Riesen, from an insight shared by his teacher David Sheinberg.]
‘Blind Spot’ is also used by psychologists to describe cognitive bias. These are weaknesses or prejudices we have of which we aren’t aware.
Confirmation bias is our tendency to process new information in a way that conforms to our previous experiences and knowledge of the world. Challenge your own assumptions about your own capacity and others’ potential. What is really going on in a given situation?
Another version is ‘hindsight bias’ which is like looking at the past through rose-colored glasses. If you keep a journal, you can check yourself on this to some degree. Was that time in your relationship really so perfect? Did you really do such a single-handedly awesome job on that particular work challenge? What patterns emerge? Are these constructive or destructive?
Mindfulness practice is a reliable way to remove these psychological ‘blinders.’