How much do we miss because we accept stereotypes about people instead of evidence that contradicts them? Change is nearly impossible if we hold to the ideas we have about various Ennea-types. If we think of Ones as boring, Eights as anti-intellectual, or Sixes as only security motivated, we miss the nuances of people, cease to think, and navigate the world with a false understanding. This is called cognitive dissonance. How do we help someone, push beyond preconceived ideas and truly facilitate change? We must recognize cognitive dissonance where it occurs and identify its cause. We must reject the tendency to ignore uncomfortable realities and shift from reactive patterns to make the necessary behavioral changes.
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