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What Happens When You Tell Your Story and I Tell Mine?
As a white man who grew up in Texas, John Howard Griffin was curious about the lives of African Americans who lived under America's Jim Crow system in the late 1950s. So, he embarked on a bold experiment.

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Perspective-taking

It involves being able to see the point of view of someone you usually consider to be part of an outgroup.

Research finds that being able to offer another point of view - especially if...

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Bridging differences

Both perspective-taking and perspective-giving are powerful tools to help negotiate differences, particularly between groups of different power dynamics.

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Empathy isn’t enough

Although similar, perspective-taking is not the same as empathy. Empathy falls short in trying to reduce polarization. In fact, empathy appeared to make things worse.

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Empathic concern and perspective-taking

Empathic concern is an emotional form of empathy, which is based on our gut responses.

Perspective-taking is consciously and intellectually taking the viewpoint of our opponents, even ...

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Perspectives across borders

Many conflicts take place across international borders. To see the situation from the point of view of adversaries, both perspective taking and perspective giving should be present.

Resear...

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