Hi! I'm Els Compernolle, the founder of Human Insight.
Scientific curiosity lies at the heart of everything I do. This is why - after graduating as a Bio Engineer at the University of Leuven - I decided to broaden my horizon and went abroad for a good while: 11 years, to be precise. I studied behavioural economics at the University of Cambridge (UK). I was a lecturer and policy advisor in London, Dublin and Brussels.
For Human Insight I incorporate the latest knowledge from behavioural economics, neurosciences and cognitive psychology in evidence-based trainings and workshops, where participants learn to use behavioural insight to improve their performance.
We humans are fascinating. But we tend to overestimate ourselves. This tendency is called self-serving bias, a typical human thinking error we all fall victim to.
"Surely I don't need anybody explaining me how I think!" you might mumble. However, research points out that we think less rationally than we like to believe. Moreover, much of our thinking occurs unconsciously and we are continuously affected by our environment. As a result, our thinking can actually stand in the way of making good decisions and acting effectively.
"I actually do know people who think and behave irrationally." you might nod. "They might be in need of this type of training. Luckily, I don't need it myself."
Indeed, research also points out that we are all blind to our own thinking errors!
Knowing we all make thinking errors and are highly susceptible to our environments is one thing, but how does this bring us any further? Luckily science shows us that humans are systematically - and hence predictably - irrational in thinking and behaviour. Thus, you can learn to steer it in the right direction. In other words: you can learn to 'think smarter', which in turn allows you to 'choose better' (make choices that are more in line with your self-interest) and 'behave effectively' (your actions have the desired result).
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