The mind is thought to be like a muscle. The
more you use it, the better it works for you and the more you can bend it to
your will. But sometimes, people lose their rational thinking abilities and
jump to decisions that may prove harmful. which at times, may even cost them
Listed below are 5 examples of such disastrous
mistakes, why we tend to make them, and how to avoid making them.
like dominoes, lives are lost one after the other by a simple mistake in
judgment and a hurried attempt to help others.
Consider the situation - your friend falls off
the bridge into the water and is screaming for help. Your first instinct may be
to jump into the water and help your friend, but it is this very precise moment
when you lose control of your rational thinking. Who's going to be there to
save you? Another friend? And then, who's going to save him?
If you ever find yourself in a situation like
this take a deep breath and think of what
else you can do
. Can you use certain equipments to help your friend get
out? Can you call someone for help?
the shortest route isn't always wise. This is what happened to young couple in
the US when their GPS tempted them to take the shorter route to their
destination. What they didn't consider was that the ice storm was coming their
way, and the poor souls had to stay disconnected from the world for three days
in the snow, before help arrived.
This is where a full-situational awareness is
essential. Before taking a different route to your destination consider the pros and cons before proceeding
The'little bit more' attitude can cause
more trouble than expected. When in a difficult situation, instead of letting
go, your mind often tempts you to hold on for a bit more.
This is exactly what happened in Northern
California when a person caught hold of the basket of the hot air balloon. What
happened next is pretty obvious. As the balloon rose up a few feet, he might
have thought that holding off for a few more moments would help him get down
safely. These 'few extra moments' finally got him around 100 feet above the
ground after which he could no longer hold on, and fell down to his death.
Try and estimate
the total risk in a situation before jumping to conclusions and acting
order in randomness:
biased attitude could land you in trouble. Just like the group of tourists who
wound up in an unknown area and spent cold, freezing nights devoid of survival
gear because the stream was flowing from right to left instead of left to
right. As John Allen Paulos, professor of mathematics at Temple University puts
it 'uncertain information, coincidences, and statistical ties provide fertile
ground for all sorts of theories, narratives, and just-so stories'.
Biased and fixed opinions can be a major
disaster when it comes to handling important situations in life. The solution? Adopt skepticism, even if it is your gut
turnaround time is an important factor, especially in tough tasks like
A group of mountain climbers, one by one, succumbed
to death due to lack of oxygen and being cold and frozen in the snow after they
ignored the turnaround time and caught up with a storm.
The mind tends to think, 'what's a few more minutes in
the whole grand scheme of things?' But this
attitude can push you in the wrong direction, after which there's no turning
back to safety