Well-Defended

It’s just our old friend motivated reasoning at work– our inclination to favor arguments that support what we want to believe over evidence to the contrary.

I was interested in this New York Times piece on the many Americans who somehow remain in denial about the risks associated with the spread of coronavirus– either as a carrier or potential victim. It seemed familiar. I realized that was because it sounded like what you'd hear from somebody in active addiction.

Things like:

Defiance

Coronavirus: “it's my life, all right? We all have to die sometime.” That one is actually a quote from the NYT article. It's from a woman in her 60’s who doesn’t want to have to interrupt her vacation with her friends.
Alcoholism: “No doctor is gonna tell me I can’t have a drink now and then.” Of course, that's what a doctor is supposed to do when indicated. Besides, if it were really just 'now and then', it wouldn't have come up in the first place.

Externalizing

Coronavirus: "That's just the Fake News media at work."
Alcoholism: "That cop was out to bust somebody and I just happened along."

Minimizing

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Of course, people who work in treatment know that there’s already solid base of regular users, millions of them, including daily smokers.

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Typically, the researchers report, an undercounted fatality would be a white female between the ages of 30 and 60.

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Well-Defended

It’s just our old friend motivated reasoning at work– our inclination to favor arguments that support what we want to believe over evidence to the contrary.

Well-Defended

It’s just our old friend motivated reasoning at work– our inclination to favor arguments that support what we want to believe over evidence to the contrary.

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Of the patients I met, all decided on aversion therapy for essentially the same reason: they’d tried other things, experienced relapse, and lost patience.

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One side sees the youth in terms of potential risk to society, while the other experiences the same youth as a victim in need of healing.

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One side sees the youth in terms of potential risk to society, while the other experiences the same youth as a victim in need of healing.

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