POV

Natural to us all is the assumption that the person next to us will see things the same way we do.

Can you see where I’m going to find the hole in this presumption?

That’s right; I’m a bloke, so that if you’re a woman, you by definition will think differently.

Advantage there for the taking: if you’re looking for better communication, think like the other sex. We can’t do this all the time, and it’s needed most when we’re on the hunt for understanding, but it’s a practice worth practising.

We’re not necessarily interested in unanimity, more like the recognition that what seems blindingly obvious to me will not be as clear to you, Hortense.

Perhaps it’s not so much a point of view reversal, as a listening direction reversal.

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