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10 'Caveman Thinking' Biases That Could Hold You Back

David McRaney, author of “You Are Now Less Dumb,” has studied and written extensively about cognitive biases and calls them ”predictable patterns of thought that we unconsciously fall back on in the best of situations to help us to navigate complicated, nuanced decisions and conclusions, often by making the answers seem simple and intuitive even though they aren't.” McRaney believes that these biases are probably built into the brain to help people avoid a period of contemplation that our ancestors couldn't afford. With no saber-toothed tigers, unlike our ancestors, we can think through our decisions. Recognizing and overcoming these caveman biases can be a key factor in improving your health. Read on and find out if any of these mental mistakes pose a bump on the road to a fitter and healthier you.

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