Dealing with conflict well – assume the other side is smarter than you

Dealing with conflict in a productive way is the greatest challenge we have as a society and as individuals. – PLAY NICE In Your Sandbox1

In conflict, we often resort mostly to name calling and thinking that the other side is stupid.

It’s not going to work people. The other side is not stupid, in fact, they may be smarter than you. You should assume they are and that they’ve thought out their position much better than you have. That they’ve spent years thinking about where they stand, and you’ve only spent a few weeks at most.

Start with the assumption that they’re smart and try to understand why they hold their views.

Then, maybe, you’re ready to tell us why you’re right.

Have an awesome day!

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