what is crucial is not seeing yourself as without bias
that’s a dangerous position that many people end up in
“they are all biased but I am one of the few that is balanced” is a very common delusion.
I believe that about myself until I started political testing and it struck me that I was not the apolitical “beyond this petty human stuff” person i thought i was.
think the allure of believing one’s self to have a balanced central position as opposed to “most others” Is that forms a core part of identity : this notion of the self being just a little smarter in most ways rather than in a few ways.
and from a broader perspective it is easier to see broader patterns playing out.
but there is another view from above where you have to include yourself in that same field.
Stuart Pullinger I don’t think self reflection is always adequate.”How do I appear to others of those groups? where do they place me?”
that’s where I found testing to be useful because of its consistency not necessarily its correctness.
but there’s other ways to gain alternative background fields upon which to see onesself as placed upon.
I think together they improve the mirrors of self reflection because they include some painfully incorrect perspectives that nevertheless persist and have impact upon communication capabilities.
stubbornness or a willful ignorance is probably the biggest hurdle to cross.