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In a recent (January 30th, 2012) New Yorker article on “Groupthink,” author Jonah Lehrer observes the following: The most creative spaces are those which hurl us together. It is the human friction that makes the sparks. Lehrer's statement, grounded in decades of research in social psychology, is that the most constructive form of collaboration is one in which a diverse group of people, i.e., those from different discipline areas and backgrounds, engage in “the vigorous exchange of clashing perspectives.” Educators who have participated in effective PLCs have learned that some degree of conflict between group members is not only healthy but, in many cases, necessary to move the group forward. However, when strongly-opinionated individuals are unwilling to even consider differing perspectives, progress is unlikely. Perhaps ...

Carl Jung, Neuroscience, and the Truth That We're Wired to Develop Different Viewpoints
Carl jung, neuroscience, and the truth that we're wired to develop different viewpoints

One of the biggest benefits of polarity thinking is its usefulness in understanding other people's positions. Values, past experiences, and culture all influence our beliefs, but sometimes the act of mapping polarities helps us gain answers to questions such as the following:

How can they say that their proposal is best practice?

Why aren't they buying in to the reasoning I've presented for making this change?

Why aren't some students responding to this research-based practice?

Who would want to learn this way?

Another tool, though, helps us gain insights into how wise people, even with similar backgrounds and experiences, can hold different beliefs ...

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