Nadeesha Cabral


WYSIATI and substitution

June 29, 2020

    • The speed of how people answer questions like “How are you?”, “What’s your mood like?” or “How do you feel about X?” implies that they rarely engage in a careful examination of the base information.
    • Therefore, they must be using WYSIATI and mental substitution.
    • One way to hack this would be to trick yourself to remember the positivity in the forefront of your mind, so that in the “what you see” part, you see the positivity first.

      • Journaling is a great way to not fall for the trap this focusing illusion.
      • Writing documentation is a good way to know for sure you’re not falling for this bias about your opinions either.