4 Biases Unveiled: From Survivorship to Sunk Cost - A Journey through Confirmation and Anchoring

Greetings esteemed members of the Exceptional English Club,

Another delightful month has flown by in the manor, where I've had the pleasure of accompanying Master Enzo in his continued pursuit of knowledge. This month, we've been engrossed in understanding various cognitive biases that can influence our judgments and decisions. Allow me to share the pearls of wisdom from our enlightening conversations.

Our journey began with the insightful Survivorship Bias. Often, we're dazzled by the glitter of success, but as Enzo and I discerned, focusing solely on successful entities can capsize our understanding of reality. It's vital to remember that for every success story we laud, there are countless untold tales of endeavors that didn't pan out. By running up against this bias, we prevent ourselves from biting off more than we can chew and remember that every mover and shaker has their fair share of failures in the grand scheme of things.

As Enzo mulled over his ventures, we stumbled upon the Confirmation Bias. The conversation unveiled how we often interpret outcomes to align with our pre-existing beliefs. This is particularly treacherous in business strategies and recruitment processes. Sometimes, we find ourselves casting up defenses for our beliefs, leading to a narrow view that could run into obstructions. As the saying goes, one might be as Mad as a hatter or possess all hat and no cattle, but it's pivotal not to remain stuck in one's ways.

Subsequently, we delved into the Anchoring Bias. Master Enzo, despite his prowess, often found himself negotiating at a disadvantage due to being unknowingly anchored to initial propositions. However, tidying up one's approach and being aware can help us avoid muddling through such situations. And, on a lighter note, Enzo realized that while he might sometimes feel like he's playing checkers while they're playing chess, a little guidance can make one see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Lastly, the concept of Sunk Cost Fallacy came into focus, with Master Enzo flicking through his library. I took the opportunity to compare this with Gollum's obsession over the ring—a powerful illustration of the emotional cost of holding onto past investments. After all, one should avoid barking up the wrong tree and know when to call it a night, even if you've been angling for something for a while.


In conclusion, as you sip on your evening tea and reflect, remember that knowledge is not just about understanding but applying. I bid you a pleasant month ahead, and may your pursuits be free from biases and filled with clarity.

Always at your service,
Enzo's Butler