Consider Other People’s Opinions Seriously

A principle that Dale Carnegie expresses in his book How to Win Friends and Influence People is, "Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, You're Wrong."   Telling someone directly that they are wrong doesn't do much for us. What it does is put the other person in a defensive position by threatening … Continue reading Consider Other People’s Opinions Seriously

Changing Your Views on a Group of People

An unfortunate reality in our world is that we don’t have a lot of incentives to change our beliefs about things. What we think and feel regarding a specific item is heavily influenced by more than just our own experiences and rational thoughts about that thing. Our social groups, self-interests, and group identities can shape … Continue reading Changing Your Views on a Group of People

Cognitive Dissonance

I recent changed my mind about vaping. I have asthma and cigarette smoke really gives me terrible breathing problems so I have never smoked either traditional cigarettes or any type of vaping product. I have hated traditional cigarettes my whole life and as vaping has become a new hit, I have hated it as well. … Continue reading Cognitive Dissonance