How you see the world and the people around you is influenced by your own experiences— and oftentimes, there’s more to the story. Learn about the importance of broadening your perspective and seeing stories from multiple views.
The different lenses we look through directly impact how we interpret stories we hear and how we view the people around us. Watch this TED talk to learn more about how our own biases can affect our perceptions of situations and other people.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie points to different stories where she or someone else only understood part of the story, which led to stereotypes and misinterpretations. Consider a few stories you have heard recently— this might be a story from the news, a book, or a friend. Try to come up with a story that fits each of these situations:
One way to start to broaden your perspective and address bias is to ask questions about the context behind the story you heard. Which story feels the most one-sided to you? Take this story and consider:
When we break down the context behind stories, it can help illuminate our own lenses that we bring to the story. What’s one assumption you made when you heard this story? Have you changed your mind at all about this story?
Developing social awareness starts with being able to see a situation from another perspective, even if we don’t always agree with it. Let’s build a richer picture of the story you just examined—