Jumping to conclusions aka hasty conclusions.  This is happening all the time! I really like this picture because we jump to conclusions so often we don’t even know it.  We like to jump to the conclusion when we don’t have much evidence or facts about the thing we are jumping to the conclusion about.  In the article I read it talks about two different types of jumping to conclusions.  The first one is through “mind reading”.  This is when we assume someone is judging us negatively or they have bad intentions.  The second way is through “fortune telling”.  This is when a person is trying to predict what is going to happen next and they have a negative stigma about it and it hasn’t even happened yet.  Through Wikipedia it mentions a third way we can jump to conclusions.   It is called “labeling”.  This is when we label one person and then automatically think because that one person is that way then all of those types of people are the same. 

On a daily basis we all jump to conclusions.  We don’t even try to do it but our mind is constantly doing it for us.  When we see a girl with provocative clothing we automatically think she is dressing risqué.  When we see a person who has a lot of tattoos or piercings that they are EMO.  These are just things that we have grown up thinking throughout our childhood.  Even with cars it happens.  We assume that if someone is in a white van with no windows that it probably isn’t safe to be around.  It also goes for sports cars.  All red sports cars are the fastest.  We don’t know this we are just ASSUMING this.  Jumping to conclusions is not something we do on purpose but we do it all the time we don’t even know we are doing it. 




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  1. I enjoy this article because it looks at this fallacious mode of reasoning as a psychological issue that can affect even affect your mood. While reading this I couldn’t help but think about paranoia and how it is more than likely one psychological issue linked to these anxiety disorders. Hasty conclusions drawn from little or insufficient evidence can be dangerous in many ways as the article mentions, but it can further affect any type of relationship a person may seek. Since one may draw hasty conclusions about their significant other, they might never be satisfied with the relationship or with their own life. Thus, although it may behoove us to think positively, a realistic mindset might help even more in some instances.

  2. Ryan, don’t you think that people have to take emotions out of the equation when it comes to good argumentation? I think emotions do not belong in argumentation whatsoever, but that is just my opinion. Hasty conclusions seem to be drawn from not only insufficient evidence but an aptitude to act immediately on one’s emotions. The part of the brain that controls emotions is in the front of the brain. Emotions are the first response we have to any situation. It does not sound like jumping to conclusions is the fault of someone acting on insufficient evidence but rather the inability of someone to restrain their immediate feelings. It sounds like you think people to need to be realistic in their expectations. Do you think that people need to learn restraint and need to practice intellectual processing?

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