Finding Common Ground

April 7, 2016 at 5:48 am 1 comment


Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People

1 Criticize from within– criticize the other on the basis of something you have in common- the safety of your neighborhood, the education of your city or district’s children

2 Look for goods in conflict (Good Thing 1 vs. Good Thing 2 rather than Good vs. Evil)

3 Count higher than two

I remember a keynote at by John Michael Greer, the ArchDruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, in which he mentioned a great contribution of Druidic and Celtic thinking is seeing things in threes- triads. Both the medieval Welsh and Irish had many triads that poets and scholars used as mnemonic devices for proverbs, virtues and other associations. Greer suggested this as a sort of antidote to the destructive binary thinking in Western cultures.

4 Doubt– “the concern that my views may not be entirely correct—is the true friend of wisdom and (along with empathy, to which it’s related) the greatest enemy of polarization.”

5 Specify

6 Qualify

7 Keep the conversation going



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  • 1. CalicoJack  |  June 5, 2016 at 12:20 am

    To me as a psychology teacher, this is a fascinating list. It is similar in abstract ways to the list a psychologist named Moscovici made as he was studying what he called minority influence. Minority influence is the ability of a small group to convert the beliefs of a larger group to theirs. Moscovici identified what he thought was the key ingredient, consistency of message. He also listed thinking deeply as in the minority must engage the majority to think deeply about the minority’s point. Most of the items on this list seem designed to engage the other person to think deeply about their point.


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