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How does looking at other
viewpoints help you solve problems?
To help you be more flexible,
practice considering a situation from several alternative
points of view. Imagine the following scenarios, and put yourself in
other people's shoes.
1. Your teenage son has just
told you that he has a drug problem. Consider the situation
from the viewpoint of the son. The parents. The boy's girlfriend. The
younger sister. His drug supplier. His close friends.
2. A single mother who shoplifts
in order to make ends meet is caught tying to steal a
necklace. Consider the situation from the viewpoint of the mother. The
police officer. The department store owner. The mother's grade school
3. A young African-male is
applying for a job downtown in a predominately all white messenger service.
This is the first time he has applied for a job downtown, and the company
has never hired African-Americans before. Consider the situation from
the viewpoint of the applicant. The customers. The employees. The owner.
4. You see an elderly person
struggling to get in to a bus. Look at the situation from the view of
the bus driver. The elderly person. The young person who is trying to
rush on the bus to avoid his friend behind him.
5. Ann is at a reggae dance
club. In the past, it used to be mostly hippies and dread-locks.
Now there is a new D.J. and it's all dance hall music. Ann is a white
woman and notices that a crowd of black women are staring at her and
talking about her. Consider the situation from the viewpoint of Ann.
The black women. The D.J.
6. Tom is on the job. He
is working illegally. His supervisor keeps asking him to work overtime.
He never gets paid for that time. Consider the situation from the viewpoint
of Tom. The supervisor. The other workers.
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