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Commitment and Consistency

When it occurs unthinkingly, consistency can be disastrous.

All humans have the desire to be and appear consistent. Once we make a decision, we will feel an internal pressure to behave consistently with that decision. For example, once we place a bet on something, we will feel more confident about winning. This is because consistency is a trait that is valued, whereas inconsistency is seen as something negative.

This desire to be consistent can often cause us to do things we normally would not want to do. Sometimes, we even avoid facing the reality of a situation by subconsciously justifying our actions with this desire.

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