Confirmation bias is a phrase that has been become a popular way of challenging people who disagree with us. It might be used as a shield or a weapon in uncomfortable conversations… you know what I mean.
Once the confirmation bias phrase is deployed, the substance of any conversation is effectively deflected down the rabbit hole of who is or is not personally biased.
The funny thing is – we all have them. Biases I mean. We tend to be very aware of them, but not necessarily in ourselves. Most likely we aware of the biases (or what we think are biases) in others. Perhaps, less stridently, we are aware of our own.