How to know who’s trustworthy | Psyche Guides
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We often turn to intellectually dependable people... to guide us through our blind spots. It's about considering the facts in light of our values & objectives... think things through together to figure out what we should do with the facts in our particular situation.
People's emotions, thoughts & actions show whether they are dependable or not.
Signs to look out for:
✅ Guide: Respect people's judgement in making choices, but are also skilled in helping us navigate the risks & benefits while learning & reaching the conclusion.
❌Seize & freeze: They seize quickly on any information with promise of resolution. Once chosen, they freeze on that ignoring any contradictory information. They’re likely to offer unwise advice that oversimplifies the issue.
❔How to know: Are they patient to understand the complexities or eager to 'fix it'?
✅Virtuously sensitive: Pay attention to our particular views, experiences, abilities, & tendencies. Fit their communications to our predicament & help us advance
❌Insensitive: Obsess more over their own features or too selective in their attention. Have a distorted view of listeners as they look for others’ weaknesses to see themselves as superior.
❔How to know: Do they show an understanding of our point of view, intellectual needs, abilities.. & communicate in a way personal to who we are?
✅Clear communicators: Easy to follow with clear main points, what's merely incidental, explain how their views might be confused with other contrasting ones. Prioritize our understanding the core meaning.
❌Profundity-colored glasses: They misidentify gibberish as containing profound meaning. Dress up their empty ideas with seductive trappings leading their followers into confusion.
❔How to know: Avoid those who shy away from putting their meaning clearly or insist it’s you who has the problem.
✅Transparent: Skilled at recognising they’re sometimes in a position to strengthen our perspective by sharing their own.
❌Vain: Pretend to know things they don’t, or to have stronger evidence than they do.
❌Timid: Even when they could help, they keep their thoughts to themselves because they don't trust their knowledge & fear exposing their ignorance.
❔ How to know: They might lack transparency if fearful of how their ideas will be perceived, or over-eager to please you or others.
✅ Intelly benevolent: Help us get to the truth, gain knowledge, deepen our undertanding, develop our skill. They have mature views about our progress and take pleasure in our growth.
❌Social vigilantes: They don’t care that other people have correct views; they care that other people share their views.
❔ How to know: Pay attention to what they get excited about - by your intellectual progress in general, or only when they succeed in influencing your thinking?
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