🔮 Fortune Telling happens when we try to predict the future. If we're worried something will happen, we're fortune telling.

We often overestimate our abilities to predict what will happen. This can happen when we start at something we're worried might happen and then look for evidence that it will occur.

If we're worried the plane we're on will crash, we may take any scratch on the wing or strange tone in the pilots announcement as proof of our concern.


The plane I'm about to get on will crash.

I'll fail this interview.

I'll get sick at this party.

Similar Distortions

🧠 Mind Reading is similar to 🔮 Fortune Telling since it often requires you to believe information that you have no way of knowing.