Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 3 a. bent, tendency. 3 b. an inclination of temperament or outlook.
Bias in a sentence: Being aware of one’s bias towards things takes knowing one’s self objectively and fully.
Bias in action: When favoring one thing over another in a conversation (for example) and being inclined to side with that thing, that is bias.
Bias and inner growth: Your bias towards things helps inner growth when you bring those biases to the forefront. This means acknowledging that you are inclined towards some things or some people and not others. Doing this without judging it good or bad, but simply realizing that you are applying an inclination you have when talking about or thinking about these specific things or people. Through awareness you can also remove your biases if you choose to do so and in this way also contribute to your inner growth.
Bias and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How has a bias that I hold towards someone affected me? When was the first time I realized I held biases? What am I biased about? Have my biases changed? Who has influenced my biases? What have I learned from my biases about life? How has a bias affected my relationships? When do I acknowledge my biases and why?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with bias at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick one word that reminds you of a significant bias you have. Next use the rest of the words to write about this bias.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about bias and allow them to flow. As you sit in silence notice if these emotions go anywhere in particular or if they evenly distribute without the need of any visualization or focus. When you’re ready allow thoughts to come in and focus on the first bias thought that comes to mind. Notice what types of feelings this thought brings about within you and let it do the rest of the talking.
Your turn – Share your bias sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂