It’s really interesting the fallacies that humans will tell themselves.
For as long as I’ve known him, my husband has been endlessly bitching and complaining about the central heating and cooling system at his office. He’s always told me that the company thermostat was controlled by a tyrant and the indoor air quality was unacceptable for work. He said that the air temperature somehow fluctuated between being wildly cold and brutally hot depending on the day. He would bring several outfits of clothing with him everyday, in order to compensate for the unpredictable air quality that he was going to experience. For over five years, his biggest complaints in life was having to contend with awful indoor air quality management. Every time I asked how things were going at the office, he would let out a deep sigh and start his rant about the central heating and cooling system. He was convinced that the low quality air was holding him back and preventing him from doing his best work everyday. And I believed him. Together, we worked out many plans to convince his bosses to upgrade to the central HVAC system or take a more democratic stance on thermostat programming. Surely, if he brought a convincing argument to his bosses, they would have to make educated decisions about upgrading the furnace and air conditioner. The thing is, my husband has been working from home for the past two months now… And I wouldn’t say his performance has improved. He’s still getting negative reviews on a regular basis. He has complete control of our central heating and cooling system at home, so I have to wonder what his excuse is these days.