How to Be Critically Open-Minded : A Psychological and by J. Lambie

By J. Lambie

In a full of life and subversive research, psychologist John Lambie explains find out how to see one other person's viewpoint whereas last severe – in different phrases find out how to be 'critically open-minded'. utilizing exciting examples from historical past and psychology, Lambie explores the consequences of severe open-mindedness for clinical and ethical growth.

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They easily despise your arguments . . And who knows . . 8 In contrast to Erasmus’s open-minded statement that he is prepared to learn from anyone who can point out his errors, Luther has nothing but contempt for Erasmus’s arguments: your book is, in my opinion, so contemptible and worthless that I feel great pity for you for having defiled your beautiful and skilled manner of speaking with such vile dirt . . 9 So Erasmus, unlike Luther, is aware of his own fallibility, and this awareness is underlain by an understanding of how people’s views are often biased by subtle prejudices.

Or you could contain the emotion (“I know that loud noises can be scary; I can see you’re frightened; but you’ll be all right and the noises will soon stop”). This third position neither denies nor goes along with the emotion, but “holds” it as a valid, but not necessarily sound, take on the world. What is meant by saying it is valid but not sound is that it makes sense that you are scared (it is valid reaction) but your fear may be unfounded (may be unsound). I am using “containment” in a more general way to refer to keeping two different points of view in mind, whether these points of view are emotions, scientific theories, or other beliefs or evaluations about the world.

Over the next 100 years, Europe was engaged in religious fighting and religious persecution due to people regarding their beliefs as more important than life itself. Heretics were burned alive, children were forcibly taken from their parents to be brought up in the “correct” faith, people were tortured for their beliefs, and Europe was plunged into a series of religious wars in the period roughly from 1550–1650. 38 Critical Open-Mindedness: What Is It? Luther seems to have things precisely back to front.

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