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Human beings are uniquely designed to carry the emotional burden of a negative experience in their minds much longer than a positive outcome. Our tendency to interpret every event as it relates to us creates a distorted version of reality. The underlying assumption that the other person is acting out of bad intention can shut down all possible communication. It can make us distance ourselves from others, avoid communication, collaboration, and ignore opportunities that might benefit us.Combating cognitive biases with Hanlon’s razor can enable us to communicate well and build better relationships by showing an intent to understand another person.