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The Introspective illusion

The idea that humans tend to trust our own introspection to a greater extent than that of anyone else, because we have no direct means of observing the latter.

We tend to evaluate our own actions based on our underlying internal motives, and everybody else’s based on the consequences of their actions.

For example, if you slip on a wet surface, you’d think to yourself “it wasn’t my fault that I slipped, the conditions were surprising and unfavourable” but someone observing the incident might simply think “whoa, that guy is really clumsy.”