The Dangers of Homophily (“Love of the Same”): How Sticking to Our Own Perspectives Can Hurt Us

  • Make a concerted effort to seek out dissenting views. This only happens with your efforts. From personal experience, I easily discard info that doesn’t align with how I see the world. It’s a flaw I’m working on.
  • Talk to people who don’t think like you do. Social media makes this easier. But these exchanges can turn confrontational and both parties will entrench themselves deeper into their corners.
  • Be open to the idea that you could be wrong. You can’t control others’ thoughts. Coming into a conversation with this mentality brings down the defensive barriers and encourages open dialogue.

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