We all like to think that we are naturally objective and broadminded. The facts, however, don’t support such a belief. Many earlier studies have shown that we are all affected, at least to some extent, by ‘biases’ – that is, underlying attitudes which result from our backgrounds, and which affect our decision making. This, of course, begs an obvious question: can we become more aware of our attitudes, and control them, in order to improve our decision-making?
That’s where EPPJ comes in…
EPPJ is a methodology for sharpening the decisions and actions we take about ourselves and others, by understanding the effect of our internal and external influences. It does so by asking – and answering – some key questions, such as:
- How do individuals construct meaning?
- What effect does an individual’s early experiences within the family unit have on their role occupancy in adulthood?
- What part does an individual’s biography have on their decision-making?
- What complex processes are at play when individuals come together in groups to make recommendations / decisions?
- What are the group processes at play when groups/teams make recommendations / decisions?
By examining these questions, EPPJ helps to avoid stereotyping and generalisations. By identifying and describing the correlation between biography and professional identity, the EPPJ process aims to assist individuals to become more conscious of their own biases, and thus make more balanced and less discriminatory decisions about others.