cognitive bias: reactive devaluation

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reactive devaluation: a cognitive bias that occurs when a proposal is devalued if it appears to originate from an antagonist


when i read the definition for this bias i had an epiphany. everyone knows the story of the good samaritan, but what if the man lying on the road had rejected the samaritan's help because he was from samaria and the wounded man was jewish? the story would still have the two people that passed the man by, but it would end with the man left to die on the side of the road,  because he refused to accept help from an antagonist- in this case, the samaritan. this could definitely serve as one of the darker aspects to cognitive bias.

Created: Jun 18, 2017

Tags: reactive devaluation, pitch, idea, good samaritan, writing

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