People do all sorts of irrational things without realizing it: We yell at the TV screen even though the second baseman can't hear us. We cower on high glass walkways even though we know we're not in danger. Most of us probably wouldn't drink from a bedpan even if we knew it was sterilized. These reactions are all examples of a little-known principle called alief: a reaction that contradicts a belief.
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When Alief Turns Sinister
Written by Ashley Hamer February 17, 2017
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