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Dealing With Irrationality

Posted: 18-Sep-2013    Category: Business, Psychology, Video

We’ve all rolled our eyes at the crazy things people do. While some such behavior may simply be humorous, sometimes the unexpected actions and thoughts of others can be problematic. However, before going to that person and demanding a change in behavior, it is important to realize a few things first.

  1. That person does not think they are being irrational. No matter how crazy their point of view may seem to you, it seems perfectly valid to them.
  2. Do not start the conversation asking them to change. While it is acceptable to discuss irrational thoughts, if you start by classifying their actions as irrational, the conversation will not go well. After all, such judgments are ultimately about what you think when the focus should be about what they think.
  3. Ask them why they believe what they do. Starting a conversation by getting into their thought process will not only give you a better way to respond, but it will help you understand the person better. This can lead to common ground, which can only lead to a better outcome.

Just remember, we all seem irrational from time to time.

Such thoughts should be less about how one person is wrong and one person is right, and more about coming together to find a common ground.


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