It’s really tricky!
The way our brain works can be paralleled to a situation where a cheeky journalist manipulates facts based on his/her biases.
Let me further explain this to you, with an anecdote –
In a recent United Nations meeting, Zambia and RSA president decided to challenge each other for a ‘sprint race.’ The real outcome was that the Zambian president came 1st and RSA came 2nd.
Here is how the RSA media reported it–
“Congratulations. In a recent UN meeting, our honorable president took the 2nd place in the sprint race! The Zambian president came next to last.”
Here is how the Zambian media reported it –
“Congratulations! In a recent UN meeting, our honorable president took the 1st place in the sprint race, while the RSA president finished last.”
It turns out that our brain works very similarly to the tricky journalists. Our brain picks which facts from our past experiences to highlight and which to downplay.