“Your Ideas Are Not Your Identity”

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Counterfactual thinking — reflecting on how one’s views could be different if they had grown up in different circumstances — works better to get people to be more understanding of opposing opinions. When working with gun control and gun rights advocates, Adam Grant told the former to imagine growing up in a hunting family, or growing up in Columbine for the latter. It helped both groups to have drastically lower animosity towards the other side. Read full article here

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