Test your opinions and adjust them so they are supported by facts
Write down five of your opinions
For example: ‘Children should not have screens in their bedrooms’, ‘Everyone should be vaccinated’, ‘Organic food is not worth the additional cost’.
Test the strength of your opinions by imagining someone stating an opposing view
If it doesn’t matter deeply to you, you will likely be excited to question it. However, when a core belief is questioned, we tend to shut down rather than open up.
Next time you find someone with different opinions, have an open, curious conversation by treating your opinion as an idea and testing it with facts
Resist the temptation to argue back and simply listen to their full opinion. Remind yourself that you just want to collect more information about the world around you.
Treat your emerging opinions as hunches, being prepared to test them and to change your view
A more flexible approach opens your mind to new possibilities. You don’t have to change your opinions overnight, or even at all.
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