• How we label people – and a simple trick to avoid doing this

    A very common habit of the brain is to convert a verb or an action word into a noun or a label; this has the effect of freezing people in our minds in terms who they are rather than what they did; while this is a trick the brain uses to enhance memory storage, this has the effect of making us very poor at accepting people as they are; we keep judging them based on what they once did or said. Even Mahatma Gandhi, the ultimate Man of Principles, had once written, that if you see my writing or words contradicting something I had said or written or said previously, then give credence to my more recent utterances, because that is what reflects my status today. That means even he evolved over his life, and we should allow for that with people – and this would help us improve our relationships tremendously.

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