The Right Way to Talk across Divides
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Constructive engagement involves cultivating goodwill between the parties involved.
This exercise involves members of one party sitting in a circle with the other group sitting around them. The outside group listens quietly while the inside group answers a set of questions.
After each side answered and listened, the moderator brings them together for conversations about what everyone learned. Data suggests that despite strong views, participants change their attitude toward one another for the better.
We regularly find ourselves engaging with people whose core beliefs and values differ from our own. We might want to convince them to adopt our point of view, but this can lead to unproductive conflict.
However, people who disagree passionately can be easily trained to have productive interactions.
It involves using language that signals real interest in the other person's views.
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While most of us generally agree on the fact that individuals do not really change their mind, or at least not that easily, recent research has shown that this is quite inaccurate.
We rationalize the things we feel stuck with.
It seems like we free up mental space to get on with our lives by deciding things are not so bad, after all.
Facing and eventually coping successfully with changes can make people go through all kind of emotions that finally lead to them changing their mind, in order to better adjust to the new situations.
Thing that is perfectly normal, as it is easier to live at peace with your current life than oppose it endlessly and know only frustration.
2020 has thrust people into a regular virtual space.
This unofficial social experiment confirms that virtual interactions can take its toll on the brain, commonly known as Zoom fatigue....
If you view a single speaker at a time, you can’t recognize how non-active participants are behaving - something you otherwise would pick up with a peripheral vision.
For some people, the prolonged split in attention can overwhelm the brain by unfamiliar excess stimuli while being hyper-focused on searching for non-verbal cues that it can’t find.
A traditional phone call may be less taxing on the brain because it delivers on a promise to convey only a voice.
For those who have neurological difficulty with in-person communication, such as those with autism, the shift to video calls has been positive.
Video calls lead to fewer people talking and less filler conversation, which relieves tension and anxiety felt by autistic individuals.
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