Title

I AM Being Fair: The Bias Blind Spot as a Stumbling Block to Seeing Both Sides

Abstract

Past research has demonstrated that people more readily recognize bias in others' perceptions than they do in their own. The current research demonstrates the tenacity of this effect in the context of interpersonal conflicts. In Study 1, participants assumed their own construals of conflict were fair and uninfluenced by affective preferences, whereas those disagreeing with them were seen as unfair and biased. In Study 2, participants were induced to exhibit a liking bias, yet still reported themselves uninfluenced by liking. In Study 3, participants received an explanation of the liking bias and were asked to correct for it. Despite heavy demand characteristics, they failed to do so. Together, these studies suggest that social perceivers are particularly blind to their own biases in conflict situations.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Date

6-1-2006

Publication Title

Basic and Applied Social Psychology

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1207/s15324834basp2802_5

Keywords

Naive theories, Conflict, Perceptions, Perspective, Judgment

Language

English

Format

text

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