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Perceptual Positions

Seeing Other Points of View

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Take a different perspective.

You may have heard the expression, "Before you criticize others, walk a mile in their shoes."

This is good advice, but how can you actually do that? How do you learn to see things from someone else's point of view so that you can better understand that person's thoughts and actions?

Well, the good news is that you don't literally have to walk a mile in anyone's shoes. Thanks to a technique called Perceptual Positions, you can learn to experience a situation through someone else's eyes, while you stay in your own office, in your own shoes!

In this article, we describe Perceptual Positions, review the benefits of using it, and show you the steps you need to use it for yourself....

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