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Bias 5 – Inconsistency-Avoidance Tendency

25 Cognitive Biases - Bias 5 Inconsistency Avoidance Tendency

We have a reluctance to change. Eliminating bad habits is a rare trait.

The brain of man conserves programming space by being reluctant to change, which is a form of inconsistency avoidance.

Factors that create an anti-change and Inconsistency Avoidance Tendency mode in humans:

  1. It facilitated faster decisions when speed of decision was an important contribution to the survival on nonhuman ancestors that were prey.
  2. It facilitate the survival advantage that our ancestors gained by cooperating in groups, which would have been more difficult to do if everyone was always changing responses.
  3. It was the best form of solution that evolution could get to in the limited number of generations between the start of literacy and today’s complex modern life.