Growth Liabilities Pt. 1: Confirmation Bias

If you’re reading this, you have a few developmental bones in your body. There’s also a good chance that you’re interested in more than just physical growth. This article will be one of a series of three that will uncover natural human phenomenons that impede our development.

That’s right. We have evolutionarily developed cognitive traits that are a liability to our growth. Why you ask? Of course, evolution wouldn’t support a trait with only down side. Often times our evolution hasn’t caught up with our modern circumstances and these “liabilities” are there for a positive, justifiable other reason.

The first liability to our development is a classic phenomenon in human behavior called the confirmation bias. This is a human tendency to seek and ultimately prepare people, places, and signals that confirm our perspective.

As a result, you tend to read books that support your beliefs and you don’t spend much time with people that contradict your preferred operating system. This is

What’s the reasons for this trait? There’s safety in the familiar. Our ancestors survival was aided by seeking foods, people, and environments what lacked mystery. Perpetuating your truth and preferences could have saved your life.

Why is it a liability? Development occurs when we shatter our frame of the world. The mechanism behind conscious development, then, comes not with exposure to confirming information, but, rather, with disconfirming information. Left to our own devices, you will avoid the information and experiences that you need to grow, specifically.



Logan Gelbrich


2/19/19 WOD

Build to a heavy complex…
3 Strict Presses
2 Push Presses
1 Push Jerk

Complete the following for time:
10, 9, 8.. 1
Push Ups
Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (115/75)