Don't Confuse Me with the Facts

A new article written by Dr Drew Westin of Emory University has concluded a long researched subject on human perception and decision making.

The findings, have profound implications for investors, business decision makers, policy makers, teachers and every individual as they deal with how the vast majority of us process facts.

Dr. Westen's research concludes that when people draw conclusions about particular events, they're not just weighing the facts. "Without knowing it, they're also weighing what they would feel if they came to one conclusion or another, and they often come to the conclusion that would make them feel better, no matter what the facts are."

Dr. Westen found that knowing an individual's predisposition proved to be a perfect predictor of their ultimate decision 84 per cent of the time, which suggests that no amount of facts would change their original position.

No amount of factual information, no matter how compelling, will alter our views, which explains why so many of us are slow to react to a changing environment given it makes us uncomfortable.

His findings also suggest why, regardless of whether we're talking about our diets, exercise routines, political disposition, religious indoctrination or strategies to compete in business, most of us refuse to change until a full-blown crisis hits.

Our need to process information in a way that provides maximum emotional comfort convinced Dr. Westen that the facts made virtually no difference in predicting what the vast majority of individuals will decide to do or think.

This characteristic is the inspiration of the old line, "Don't confuse me with the facts. My mind is made up!" 

This is somewhat enlightening, I did not realize that most people base their lives on an emotional stance and not on a factual stance. This sums up even what Scripture says,

Mark 7:21-23 (New International Version)
For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "
Jeremiah 17:9 (New International Version)
The heart is deceitful above all thingsand beyond cure.Who can understand it

It explains a lot to why many people remain in a corrupt gospel, despite Scripture contridicting their lives. It explains why, emotionally, the fear of Hell can convert more people than the Gospel of Universal Reconciliation.

Hurt to admit when one is wrong, or fear that a decision was the wrong decision, or admission of the lack of knowledge or understanding prevents many people from acknowledging the Truth. As hard as it is for many to accept, according to this report, the majority of people are wrong in their thoughts when they put their emotions before the facts.

I also hope that we can acknowledge that we are hurt or in the wrong with our ideas if we based it on an emotional response. When we do this, we understand we are in need of more researching and testing of our heart to better understand that which offends. We are saved to the utmost in Christ Jesus, so having a clearer knowledge that we are going to get hurt many times and proven wrong is to our delight not to our destruction. The Spirit of God is within us, speaking of Jesus Christ.

Instead of ingoring the facts, let us find out why we are hurt and if we are wrong or ignorant. Where in our thoughts did we make the wrong conclusion? In order that we may better know the Truth, let us freely test our understanding against the only thing that will not decieve us and that is the Spirit of God.

Proverbs 15:28 (New International Version)
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,but the mouth of the wicked gushes calamity.
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