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External Problem Bias

This is our tendency to conflate an internal problem with an external problem, thinking there is only an external problem. An internal problem always involves suffering and an internal conflict, indicating a lack of Now-Next Integrity or Oneself-Others Integrity. We don't recognize that we have two distinct, although interrelated problems. As such, we miss the opportunity to resolve the internal problem first which is most often the more effective way to resolve whatever external problem may still remain.

See Your most dangerous cognitive bias.

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