Hindsight Bias

Topics: 2007 singles, Cognition, Hindsight bias Pages: 3 (650 words) Published: May 1, 2012
Hindsight bias: Hindsight bias is when you know something right after it happens and not

while it is happening. Some people call it the I-knew-it-all-along phenomenon. This is where

you watch a sports game and when the game is over, think to yourself that you knew they would

loose, when in fact you were on the edge of your seat waiting to see how the game was going to

end and if your team would win or not. (Myers, 2010, p.16.)

I have had several instances where hindsight bias has happened to me. Some of the more

memorable and favorite moments of it have been with my dad and the girls I have dated. See

there was this one girl that I tried to date while I lived in Florida last year. Her name was Crystal

and she was very nice, and after a while I told my parents about her and my dad told me to be

careful like most parents do. After a few weeks of trying to get her to go on an actual date with

me as more than friends, her and I had a heart to heart about where we stood. To my dislike we

wouldn’t be more than friends, but I was ok with that because I didn’t want to loose her as a

friend. But it was when I told my dad about this that he told me he had a feeling that this wasn’t

going to work out, and that I shouldn’t have tried to pursue her in that way.
There is an even better example of this involving my dad and my last girlfriend that is a

better demonstration of hindsight bias. For 6 months before I decided to move back up to New

Hampshire to take some classes I got involved with this girl named Destiny. I was really excited

about her, we clicked on several levels. We had a good deal in common and we really enjoyed

each others company. I had even taken her home with me for the holidays to meet my parents. I

asked my family how they liked her and everyone said that they liked her and they were glad I

was so happy. I even took my dad aside and talked to him about her and about...

References: Myers, D. G. (2010). Psychology (9th ed. ). New York: Worth.
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