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November 4, 2020 29 min

We have become a divided and heightened society.

Whether it’s the way we view politics or our beliefs around COVID or thoughts around virtual learning or the Black Lives Matter movement the world has gotten excessively more divisive with opinions becoming polar opposites. 

In a world where everyone has an opinion (and has the agency to do so), it is shocking to me how extreme people can get around their own beliefs. One may call it passion while others may call it stubborn and others call it being closed-minded.

In this episode, we’re exploring how our world has divided, not only around big issues but around the small things too.  What's the difference between varying beliefs, having an opinion, and being extremely close-minded. Where do you fall?

Open-Minded People vs. Closed-Minded People

Closed-minded people don’t want their ideas challenged. They prefer to be right than to really be right!  

Open-minded people have opinions, strong opinions about things. Having an open mind doesn’t infer that you’re wishy-washy or don’t have strong convictions, it just means they are more open to learning, to be curious about the other side, and to actually listen to other, differing opinions.

Don’t Decide Someone’s Entire Character Based on Their Beliefs. This is just one thought, don’t place them in a bucket.  

Disagree respectfully: 

  • Approach with curiosity
  • Acknowledge and respect their opinion 
  • Never use but, it dismisses what they said
  • Share your thoughts without putting down someone’s opinion
  • Walk away, know when it just isn’t worth it
  • What happens when the closed-minded person encroaches on your territory?

  • Set strong boundaries 
  • When you’re sucked into the vortex, respectfully disengage. 
  • Stay true to yourself
  • Be polite and firm
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