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Cultural Intelligence: Understand What Shapes Opinions

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Cultural Intelligence: Understand What Shapes Opinions
How do we develop opinions? Where do they come from?

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Our Worldview Is Disrupted

Our Worldview Is Disrupted

Due to the highly unpredictable and uncertain nature of certain events, our opinion about the world has turned largely subjective and detached from reality, because reality itself has become elusive and hard to grasp.

Our mental projections and division of thoughts are creating unique representations about our world which have become our own truth.

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How Our Opinions Are Shaped

  • Our belief systems are constructed by our teachers, parents, TV, the internet (mainly social media) and books.
  • Collective thought is considered more powerful than an individual thought.
  • The society is not a singular, objective reality, but a series of different ‘movies’ created inside everyone's head.

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Being Open-Minded

Cultural Intelligence requires us to be open-minded to alternatives, and not be too attached to our belief systems, assumptions and what all we have learned over the years.

One has to understand that everything is fluid, and it is not necessary that we are always right and the other person is always wrong. We have to be concerned with meaning, not with opinions about who is right.

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Rigid Thinking

The speed of technological and cultural development is requiring us to embrace types of thinking besides the rational, logical style of analysis that tends to be emphasized in our society.

Elastic Thinking

It is the capacity to be flexible, to embrace ambiguity, contradiction, and unconventional mindsets.

It is the ability to abandon our 'marriage' to our beliefs and assumptions, opening ourselves to new paradigms.

Explore The New

Elastic thinking is the way to cutting edge innovation, future visions, science fiction gems, and other great new ideas.

Our tendency to explore and learn has always created something new in the world.

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“It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits.” 

Ellen Langer

Describing the nature of mindsets

  • Mindsets are unique to everyone.
  • Mindsets are created by experiences.
  • Mindsets create blind spots. They provide us with fragmented ways of looking at the world.
  • Mindsets are self-deceptive.
  • Mindsets shape our everyday lives. Changing our lives means shifting our mindsets.
  • Mindsets create our shared world. They are a powerful leverage point for cultural and systemic change.
  • Mindsets can be transcended, using mindfulness.

The three basic mindsets

  • The fixed mindset: Believes strengths are innate gifts that can't be developed.
  • The growth mindset: Believes strengths can be developed with effort.
  • The benefit mindset: Believes in developing strengths and meaningfully contributes to a future of greater possibility.

Making sense of the world together

Making sense of the world together

This is the secret of really good conversations.

Many of our best conversations, whether with people we have just met or with old friends, are about the world around us rat...

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

"What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it."

Experiencing shared reality

The theory of shared reality implies that we are most likely to feel closer to each other when we turn our mutual attention to something beyond ourselves.

So the responsibility of keeping the conversation going falls how on the way we engage in the world, cultivating our curiosity and priming our awareness. This means that whether we’re talking to a person we don't know, a partner or teammate, we’ll always have something to talk about.