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It’s a Cognitive Thing

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jul 25, 2012

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“I just wasn’t hitting,” my friend stated after I asked him why he moved from a great game to a significantly tougher game. His decision confounded me. Why would anyone move from a great game to a crappy one? Something was seriously wrong with my friend’s reasoning. And his way of thinking was going to affect his poker results big time. To understate the issue, the human mind isn’t always guided by logic or reason. Often, it is influenced by cognitive distortion. Sometimes that distortion is driven by emotion; other times it is driven by distorted thinking. Psychologists call these calculative errors “cognitive biases.” And those afflicted often have no clue that their judgment is unsound. Like a computer running with flawed software…it’s garbage in, garbage out! The computer is just performing its functions as previously programmed, just like the human brain does in some instances. The computer never knows ...


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