Gold Mine for 2021: Psychologists find a mindset that can foster positive feelings amid interpersonal conflict

Two new studies, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, found compelling evidence that use of Wise Reasoning, when thinking about an anticipated interpersonal conflict, leads to better outcomes between people.

Wise reasoning is a mindset that involves recognizing where one’s knowledge is lacking, acknowledging multiple possible conclusions to a given situation, contemplating the perspectives of others who are involved, contemplating an outsider’s perspective, and seeking compromise.  It means that you try to be fair, to the best of your ability, in how you think, talk, and speculate.

The researchers found that those who demonstrated greater Wise Reasoning skills before an interpersonal conflict, later reported higher feelings of positivity and closeness toward the other person.  Furthermore, those using Wise Reasoning reported higher satisfaction with the conflict process and gleaned a greater sense of meaning from the experience.

A second study found that subjects who showed greater Wise Reasoning prior to an upcoming conflict later gained more meaning from the interaction.  Moreover, these subjects perceived more fairness from the interaction.  In both studies, Wise Reasoning was found to indirectly affect positivity and closeness, through finding meaning.

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Unitarianism (from Latin unitas “unity, oneness”, from unus “one”) is a Christian theological movement named for its belief that the God in Christianity is one person, as opposed to the Trinity (tri- from Latin tres “three”) which in many other branches of Christianity defines God as three persons in one being: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.[1] Unitarian Christians, therefore, believe that Jesus was inspired by God in his moral teachings, and he is a savior,[2][3] but he was not a deity or God incarnate. Unitarianism does not constitute one single Christian denomination, but rather refers to a collection of both extant and extinct Christian groups, whether historically related to each other or not, which share a common theological concept of the oneness nature of God.



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