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Suspending Judgment

Suspensionofdisbelief suspendingjudgmentSuspending Judgment is necessary if you are going to explore uncharted territory.  Being ready to change your mind if necessary about some things is also important when learning about new things.  It is usually more comfortable to hang on to old beliefs and to “integrate” new findings into them; but you can not usually just do this and at the same time really master the new material.  Be ready to suspend judgment and change your mind about something if it is required in order to understand something new.

Suspending judgment is one giant step towards allowing yourself to experience something new.  Many of us are experienced at making quick judgments and snap decisions.  Doing this effectively shuts us off from exploring the unfamiliar with an open mind.  Recently I experienced eating something that was not a sandwich or a piece of fried chicken with my hands instead of with silverware.  I hesitated.  Silly wasn’t it.  How you eat your food is a matter of habit and it changes with the customs of the people with whom you are having a meal.  I could have spoiled a nice social occasion by being more concerned about how I was eating something than with whom I was eating.

Suspending judgment leads to thinking out of the box.  Brain storming works best when people concentrate on coming up with ideas rather than on prematurely eliminating them by initially passing judgment on them.  Juries are asked to do this when trying someone accused of a crime.  They are asked to suspend making a judgment until all the evidence is in.  Lawyers in picking a jury often have trouble finding people who haven’t already done this based on what they have heard about the case before the trial.  To be open-minded and to suspend judgment is often the best initial approach to any situation.  It is often very embarrassing to find out that you have misjudged someone or something when there is new information revealed that you were not aware of initially.

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