matt grant

who are you trying to convince?

It isn’t difficult to find examples where someone’s stated preference differs from their revealed preference.

In fact it’s fairly common.

Where it can get tricky is noticing these inconsistencies in our own behaviour.

We have a pretty good idea of what our actions are, most of the time.

But what about our reasons for taking those actions? Are we being honest with ourselves?

Are we saying one thing but doing something completely different?

Are we justifying our actions to ourselves by fabricating an explanation which contradicts our actual thoughts?

We might manage to fool other people. We have a harder time fooling our own mind.

We’re the one who has to live with it though. We have to be able to look in the mirror and say, “I believe in what I’m doing and the reasons why I’m doing it.”

Can you pass that test?