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Present, Don’t Persuade

One of the most common mistakes we make in a disagreement is to convince ourselves that we must persuade the other person to see our point of view. But all we really need to do is lay out the facts … Continue reading

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Words: I vs. We

In our daily lives, and in our daily inter- actions with other people, we generally find ourselves using a lot of pronouns: I, me, we, they, them, he, she, and so on. And generally there’s no problem using them. They … Continue reading

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Be Reasonable

One of the hallmarks of a critical thinker is the disposition to change one’s mind when given a good reason to change. Good thinkers want to change their thinking when they discover better thinking. In other words, they can be moved by reason. Continue reading

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Learn to Empathize with Others

By exercising
intellectual empathy, you understand others more fully, expand your knowledge of your own ignorance, and gain deeper insight into your own mind.
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Every Difficult Relationship Has Lessons

As much as difficult relationships can give us heartburn and sleepless nights, they are an essential part of our  growth  as people. Difficult relationships not only teach us a lot about others,  but they also teach us more about ourselves—such … Continue reading

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See Conflict or Disagreement as an Opportunity

One strategy for managing conflict is to see it as an opportunity, whether to gain better clarity, straighten out a misunderstanding, correct a mis-communication, or simply to know where you stand with someone. Conflict can actually be the catalyst for  … Continue reading

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Don’t Make Things Personal

While you’re working on not taking things personal, also be sure not to make  things personal. When you make personal digs  at others when conflict arises, you just drag yourself down, and you help  the other person garner sympathy from … Continue reading

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