The brain likes to take shortcuts. It’s not that he’s lazy, but he’s very busy. That’s why, when it comes to complicated decisions, he likes to resort to simple rules that make things easier for him. Psychologists call these rules heuristics.
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For example, imagine that you have to decide who gets a promotion out of the many good colleagues on your team. This is not easy. Supervisors have to make such decisions quite regularly in their professional lives. How do you do that?
Although managers often know their team members well and for a long time, they often base their decisions on little information, that is, information that is readily available. Hence the name availability heuristic.
And things that are quickly available in our memory: things that happened frequently or recently, or things that were particularly impressive, that is, they are linked to feelings. If, for example, an employee has an excellent track record and gets along with everyone on the team, but had a poor presentation at an important client meeting six months ago, then this is an event that immediately stands out when you examine quickly the memories
So the availability heuristic exists because some memories and facts come to mind immediately, while others are difficult to remember. Fortunately, you can influence whether it works for you in a positive or negative way. “That’s where the advice of many career experts comes from, for example, speak at least once in a half-hour meeting,” says personality psychologist Fanny Jiménez, who hosts the “Listen, Make a Career” podcast. “Because if it’s around more often, the availability heuristic works for you.”
How exactly you can do this, what tips are there for shy people who don’t like to be the center of attention, and how knowledge of this psychological phenomenon can save you from making the wrong decisions, you can find out in the current episode of our podcast “Listen make a run.” Listen!
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In “Listen, Make a Career” we tell you in short episodes simple psychology tricks that will help you advance faster in your work. Why should you report more often in meetings? How are labor blockades combated? And how do you get people to kick annoying habits?
The doctor of psychology and journalist Fanny Jiménez talks about these big and small problems in professional life alternately with career editor Hendrikje Rudnick and podcast editor Michael Reinhardt. Every Sunday a new episode comes out. Check it out on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podimo, and anywhere podcasts are found.
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