Understanding People

posted by Boutiqueoffice | August 30, 2020

1.   Listen

You won’t be able to understand people if you don’t listen to them. There’s a difference between listening and hearing. You can hear anyone speak but to listen is to pay attention to what they are saying. Try not to let your mind wander when they are speaking and don’t think about what you are going to say until they are finished.

2.   Take Their Point of View

There’s an old saying to walk a mile in another person’s shoes. This is fitting when trying to understand someone else’s point of view. It’s not an easy task but if you can pull it off, you may just find where they are coming from isn’t so out of the ordinary as you first thought.

3.   View Videos of Counter Opinions

People make videos about everything these days. You will likely find opinions on videos. This can be a great way to try to see why others feel the way they do. YouTube is the most likely place to find these videos, but they are bound to exist elsewhere as well.

4.   Join Forums on the Web

If you don’t agree with a certain political party, join a group catering to that party. The idea is not to make yourself a convert but to learn more about why these people belong to the party and what kinds of issues they feel need to be addressed. Try always to be respectful when responding on the forums. Remember, you are the guest.

5.   Become Friends with People Having Differing Viewpoints

It’s amazing how people refuse to become friends with others who don’t share the same opinions. There are even people that will stop being friends when they find out the other person believes differently. However, if we all thought the same way, we’d be robots, and we would not likely generate new ideas. We won’t agree on everything but open discussions can lead us to solutions that may be satisfactory.