Tips: beware rationalisations

This is an obvious one but worth saying anyway. When you put us human beings in a group setting, our default is to justify our actions and opinions…. to sound rational, intelligent and logical. 


To put another way, we’re social animals, and may withhold information or say what we think will increase our ‘acceptability’ to the group or increase our status in the group.  


Also, we often don’t have a fixed opinion on an issue, or sometimes we have but aren’t aware of the emotions that are behind it. These are some of the barriers to uncovering the true feelings and emotions that may drive attitudes and behaviour.  Be aware of them.

Tip beware the 'intelligent' answer, look for the feelings and emotions