This bias is best described as what occurs when you see yourself as the exception to the rule. It is largely due to seeing yourself as more self-aware or better able to make sound judgments than other people. This bias is about being unable to get past your personal filter to see yourself as part of the whole rather than the someone outside of it.
How does this show up?
Knowing the current divorce rate, most people say their new marriage will be different and will have a greater than average ability to survive the difficulties and compromises. Knowing what happens with drinking and driving, egocentric bias says you are the exception to the rule and it's other people who can't do it. You have figured out the proper way to have a few and then get behind the wheel without an accident occurring. You can see quickly how this presents a problem.
An egocentric bias says, "It will never happen to me. I know what I'm doing. It's other people who haven't figured it out."
Being aware of this one is to simply see yourself as within rather than outside the way the world works. It often means harder work and more caution. These are not bad things.
You should still strive to be exceptional. Just stop seeing yourself as the exception to the rule.
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