Provisionalism

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  • Open-mindedness and a willingness to display attitudes of flexibility and reasonableness. People who follow a code of provisionalism are compromisers and facilitators, who will consider the value of what others may deem important. They are willing to put aside previously held ideas for the purposes of discussion and experimentation.

    The use of the term as a positive attribute is credited to Jack R. Gibbs, a university professor considered to be a pioneer in humanistic psychology. Writing in 1961, Gibbs pointed out that people can reduce the incidence of less productive, defensive encounters by communi cating that they are willing to consider new concepts, attitudes, and behaviors. People who practice provision-alism, he maintained, are likely to help solve problems and avoid alienating people or making them feel ...

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