Bridge-building does not mean that you always agree with the other person or find common ground with them.
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It's is questionable and counterproductive to ask people to bridge differences when they're being discriminated against or denied social power.
It could be harmful to forge a connection with someone who fundamentally denies your right to exist or threatens you with violence.
Bridging often requires taking risks and exposing vulnerability. When you really hear someone else's views, you may even risk being influenced by what you hear.
The willingness to be transformed is necessary to do authentic bridging work.
Bridging differences means finding ways to create positive dialogue and understanding across race, religion, political ideology, etc.
Bridging might involve trying to overcome a history of conflicts or creating an alliance between once-opposing groups to work toward a common goal.
The psychological and emotional distance someone needs to travel determines the time it will take to build trust to cross the bridge. Dealing with the smaller concerns first is good practice toward the more complicated issues.
Bridging differences is not to convert people to your ideological position.
Bridging is trying to understand someone else's perspective. It requires asking them questions and seeing the world through their eyes.
To bridge differences, you need to accept that you don't have all the answers nor that your view is the absolute right one.
Humble people show greater openness to other people's views and experiences.
Bridging doesn’t mean abandoning your beliefs or values.
Bridging involves the cooperation of people, even when people have opposing views.
When we think about bridging differences, we usually think about big gestures or breakthrough conversations. However, much of the work happens beforehand.
To ensure inner work, we often need to cultivate the right mindsets and develop better intrapersonal skills that can build the capacity for more positive interactions with other people and groups.
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 you're part of the outgroup - can be just as important to social change as perspective-taking.
It isn’t easy to detect gifted or talented children in schools. We talk about gifted children, but what about geniuses? Is a gifted child the same as a genius?
The answer is no, and that’s why we want to explain some differences between genius and gifted. Generally speaking, we can say that gifted children are very intelligent children with an IQ of over 130 (the average intelligence is 100 in the normal population). On the other hand, geniuses are people who have excelled in a certain area thanks to a very specific talent.
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