How Open Are We to Changing Our Mind?
With the Presidential Inauguration last Friday, followed by the Women's March on Saturday, people are talking, and understandably so. Many tried to convince the “other side” to think differently, all the while presenting “facts.” Others posted their views via social media, and dealt with the deluge of comments, most of which were likely supporting the view vs opposing it.
My conscious-self stayed out of all discussions - for numerous reasons. But for those of you that want to engage, or have engaged, in such discussions, I wanted to share an interesting article. In Why Changing Somebody’s Mind, or Yours, Is Hard to Do, David Ropeik writes that facts, by themselves, are meaningless. Why? He says, “They are ones and zeroes to your mental computer, raw blank data that only take on meaning when run through the software of your feelings.” (I can't speak highly enough of that beautifully-crafted sentence!) In essence, raw data isn’t processed by any of us without a filter - a filter that is individual to each of us, the culmination of our unique experiences, feelings, instincts, and more.
I found the article fascinating, but then again, psychology floats my boat. Even if psychology isn’t your thing, please consider reading it. It’s very eye opening as to why other people “just don’t get it” and how they may actually be persuaded to your side, or at least listen. ;)
Be open to what comes.