Snap judgments

Snap judgments are quick assessments of a person, situation, or event based on limited information. While snap judgments can be useful in certain circumstances, they can also lead to errors and perpetuate biases. This is especially problematic when snap judgments are made about someone’s character instead of their behavior or actions.

In fast-paced situations, snap judgments can allow us to make quick decisions without the time and effort of thorough analysis. Additionally, snap judgments can also be useful in assessing the immediate danger of a situation and responding accordingly.

However, snap judgments can often lead to errors and misperceptions due to the limited information on which they are based. People are prone to making snap judgments based on personal biases, stereotypes, and prejudices. This can result in unfair or unjust treatment of others and perpetuate discrimination.

Our continuing challenge is to manage and audit our thoughts and feelings and discern: are we in control of our decisions, or are we slaves to our biases?

Mark 6:1-6. “Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.


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