Experts in the Media

Sally Thibault – LAFM

Life Strategist

How unconscious bias impacts on our lives.

What if.. the decisions you make daily – have little to do with knowledge…and a whole lot to do with ‘unconscious bias’? Every moment we are confronted by millions of pieces of information, but our brains are only able to process at any given time up to 40 pieces of information So in order to help with overwhelm, our brain takes short cuts to help us deal with the overwhelm Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing. Unconscious bias is far more prevalent than conscious prejudice and often incompatible with one’s conscious values, and can impact our views of ethnic groups, generations (ever heard older generations refer to the fact that “millennials are all….?”) or even where we choose to live and send our children to school. But we ALL have unconscious biases. And whilst there is no one way to overcome unconscious bias, taking responsibility for our own unconscious biases is a start. Sally Thibault – Speaker | Life Strategist | Author joined me on the show to discuss this topic.