I have been trying for years to get myself and other healthcare professionals comfortable with simplicity in our assessments and treatments. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve been very successful as I constantly find myself confronted with many who over-complicate what they do and why they do it.
Why is this? Why do so many physios and other clinicians seem more focused on and attracted to complex, difficult, and confusing methods and theories over simpler ones?
Well, it’s primarily due to something called ‘complexity bias’ which is a logical fallacy that causes us to give undue credence to complex concepts.
Complexity bias states that when faced with two competing theories, we are often likely to choose the more complex one. As a result, when we need to solve a problem, we tend to overlook or ignore simpler options and solutions.
Complexity bias is also our tendency to look at something that should be easy to understand, but instead, we view it as having many confusing parts that are difficult to understand. Defining the well-known saying ‘can’t see the wood for trees’.
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