What is the illusion of transparency

The illusion of transparency is a cognitive bias that leads us to believe our emotions, thoughts, and attitudes are more apparent to others than they actually are. Ed Batista describes it as the phenomenon where we overestimate the degree to which our mental state is accessible to others through our behavior. This bias can lead to a sense of exposure and vulnerability because we might think our inner feelings are on display more than they truly are.

In Batista's work, he explains that the illusion of transparency can cause us to misjudge how our communication is received. We may assume that others understand us better than they do, or that they pick up on our anxieties and insecurities when they may not. This can affect how we interact and communicate in both personal and professional contexts. Recognizing this illusion can help us calibrate our expectations and improve our interactions by reminding us to make our thoughts and feelings more explicit when necessary.