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Posted on 2012.01.09 at 09:20

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Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2012-01-11 19:54 (UTC) (Link)
people truly -are- irrational, at a core level.

In our alligator brains, no doubt. However some of us have advanced beyond that somewhat about some things. Some of us work harder at it than others.

When interacting with someone I do not know well, I give the benefit of the doubt that s/he is responding rationally, but may not be working with the same set of data that I am, or that the due to our different experiences in life, may interpret that data differently.

This gives a starting point for communication, correcting data (either the other person's or my own) and resolution.

If I assumed from the out-set that the person in question was irrational, I would probably not waste the time and energy trying to communicate unless I had no choice in the matter.
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