The “Worthy Of Being Said/Heard” Test - Deepstash

The “Worthy Of Being Said/Heard” Test

The triple filter test refers to an anecdote of the great Greek philosopher, Socrates. The story tells that, one day, one of Socrates’ disciples was quite agitated. He told Socrates that he had just met one of Socrates’ friends and that he had spoken badly of him.

Socrates asked the man to calm down. After thinking for a moment, he asked him to wait a minute. Before listening to what he had to say, he told him, the message had to go through a triple filter test. If the message didn’t pass the test, it wasn’t worthy of being heard.

65

896 reads

CURATED FROM

IDEAS CURATED BY

xarikleia

“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison

Socrates’ triple filter test is an excellent guide, both for what we’re going to say and for what we’re going to listen to. Gossip Girl, anyone?

The idea is part of this collection:

7 Days of Inspiration

Learn more about problemsolving with this collection

How to find inspiration in everyday life

How to stay motivated

How to cultivate a positive mindset

Related collections

Similar ideas to The “Worthy Of Being Said/Heard” Test

Socratic ignorance in Plato's Dialogues

Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BCE) is associated with humility regarding what one knows. In Plato's dialogues, Socrates is shown to challenge someone who thinks they know something, but when questioned thoroughly about it, turns out not to understand at all. By cont...

The strength of positive thinking

Back in 1919, an aspiring young cartoonist was fired from his job at a Kansas City newspaper. His editor told him he wasn’t creative enough and should look into work elsewhere. Had the cartoonist listened to his boss and given in to negative thinking, we wouldn’t have the work of Walt Disney.

Bodhidharma, the father of Zen

Bodhidharma, the father of Zen

Bodhidharma was a semi-legendary Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. He was of Indian origin, but moved to China, where he is said to have been meditating for 9yrs straight. 

Some of stories involving him are similar to more modern koans. 

  • ...

Read & Learn

20x Faster

without
deepstash

with
deepstash

with

deepstash

Personalized microlearning

100+ Learning Journeys

Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.

Email

I agree to receive email updates