Dialectics: What is it?
The word DIALECTICAL means that two opposite ideas can be true at the same time. Dialectical thinking requires looking at the “big picture” instead of the small parts or details of a situation.
Dialectics teaches us that:
DIALECTICS IS LEARNING TO BALANCE
Examples of dialectical thinking are:
This perspective helps pave the way to middle path thinking by:
Non-dialectical thinking, or problem thinking, is when we think in extremes or dichotomies, aka “black OR white” thinking. This causes RIGID thinking and doesn’t leave us much room to creatively solve problems, communicate with others, or deal with stress.
We often need to synthesize different ideas to come up with reasonable solutions.
Instead of thinking in black OR white, start thinking in black AND white (not gray). By using the word AND, we incorporate the ideas and qualities of “black” with the ideas and qualities of “white.”
BUT = everything after feels negative or like an attack or disagreement
AND = feels more acknowledging of both sides and getting unstuck
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