The brain wants to match patterns and move on.

Because it is hard-wired to quickly draw conclusions about the future to achieve its goals, it puts those predictions into practice immediately to further reward/punish based on the result via dopamine.rB6 Unfortunately, in a social setting, this leads to dysfunctional narratives that don’t serve positive outcomes. This drives confirmation bias where pattern matches (and feedback loops that drive self-fulfilling prophecies) reinforce the prediction, but the mind automatically dismisses alternative narratives without evaluation. With the problem “understood”, truth-seeking motivation dwindles.rB1

  1. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts (New York: Random House, 2018). (See notes.)

  2. M. D. Robert Burton, “Where Science and Story Meet,” Nautilus, April 22, 2013, (See notes.)