“Blind spots”? Nah, that’s all arse-backwards… #cognitivehumility

I was sat at a lovely Indian restaurant with a good friend last week.* And we were riffing on how little anyone really knows about their own behaviours, their own motivations and drives.

It occurred to me that the term “blind spot” carries the assumption that mostly your vision is accurate and unhindered but there are, say, thumbnail-sized spots in the sky that you can’t see.

I said that the truth is probably the opposite – what we can see “accurately” is more like the little spots of light you see in the night sky, with – if you’re lucky – a fuzzy area or two (distant galaxies). But mostly inky blackness all around.

This may be an old image, but it was new – and illuminating (har har) – to me that night. And maybe to you today?

O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
(O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.)
Robert Burns, Poem “To a Louse” – verse 8

* And am there tmrw with the wife and two other friends – life is very very sweet. #gratitude


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