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This is the extrinsic incentives bias… We believe that all the good things that drive us are intrinsic to our character. Other people? Not so much. We work hard because we are dedicated, while they just want higher pay. We go back to school because we love to learn. Other people probably sat next to a motivational poster on a bus. We join the Peace Corps because we want to make a difference. Other people want to take a break before they have to start working. Our excellence in all our pursuits springs from the fact that we have a finer soul. Other people just happened to come to the same conclusion because they were pushed by circumstance. No wonder we’re better than average. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write some internal dialogue for your character that shows the extrinsic incentives bias at work.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you judge other people’s motives.

Art Prompt: Extrinsic incentives bias

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about how you look at other people through the lens of the extrinsic incentives bias.

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