006 Assuming the Best

August 19, 2012 — 1 Comment


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006 Assuming the Best

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Assuming the Best

A few weeks ago, Sara and I got in an argument. One of the main reasons why we fought was that we both committed the Fundamental Attribution Error. This is a term from Social Psychology that describes our faulty judgments when we assume the worst about people.

I’ve been noticing an increasing need in my life to assume the best of people. Life has more joy in it when I do this. So here are three tips to help you assume the best of people when you’re tempted to assume the worst.

1. Pause.

2. Ask questions. 

3. Put yourself in their shoes.

These suggestions can be very difficult to put into practice when we are tempted to get angry. Unfortunately, I can say that from personal experience. So I’d love to hear your input about what helps you with this.

This is just an outline of the show. Join in our conversation by listening to the episode and leaving a comment below.

Show Notes

  1. Matthew 7:1-6, 22:34-40 – These are the passages I consulted in describing Jesus’ vision for our lives.
  2. Fundamental Attribution Error – This is a wikipedia article about the social psychology concept.



iTunes Transcript

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Do you have any questions about anything you heard in the episode?

To whom do you need to give the benefit of the doubt? How would your life be impacted in you assumed the best of people? How do you feel when people assume the best of you?

What helps you to assume the best of people? Sound off in the comment section below.



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  • scrhill

    I will try harder to assume the best about my spouse. Thanks for your honesty.