Sunday, November 28, 2010

Self-Serving Bias

My CUTE nieces, Aimee and Olivia!

So I am going to school for early childhood studies, which means I needed to take a general psychology class. As I was reading yesterday, I thought of something that I would like to share with you! I was reading about personality, and how most people have a "self-serving bias." Basically, we are more likely to accept responsibility for good things or successes than for bad things or failures.

"The question "What have I done to deserve this?" is one we usually ask of our troubles, not our successes--those, we assume we deserve" (Myers, p. 586). 

While reading this, I immediately! We do this with God! When something bad happens to us, or we don't like something about ourselves, we ask God "what did we do to deserve this"? But too often we overlook all the blessings God has given us! We don't ask "what did I do to deserve this food, or home, or eyes, or taste, or socks, family...etc..." The list could go on and on! We are so eager to accept good things from God, yet grumble when things don't go our way. Hmmmm...I am totally in this boat! Lord forgive me for not being grateful for your grace and simple blessings each day! I believe that gratitude is one way we can learn to LOVE God.

"Through each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me." Psalm 42:8            



  1. This is so so true! we are quick to complain about what God hasn't done for us, or given us that we think we deserve, but we don't thank him for, or acknowledge the many things he does for us every day!!

  2. I like your addition of "socks" to your list...they're a small thing, but funky, colored socks really do brighten my day. :-)