Honoring Intuition at Today's Tea Party

How communication based on emotion and intuition, rather than reason, may be the key to peaceful coexistence with Tea Partiers and Agenda 21ers.

As the dialogue continues within the planning world for Tea Parties and the Planning of America, Ben Brown notes that we may have to stop putting all our eggs in the basket of logical arguments and instead pay more attention to intuitive drivers. Brown says:

"A lot of the talk is about 'reframing the message,' which tends to focus too narrowly, I believe, on coming up with new words to say the same thing. Instead, maybe we should be talking about a reframing of perspectives, particularly from liberal handwringers who tend to be of the 'why don't these guys get it?' mindset."

"The fastest route to understanding contributions from the psychologists, biologists, neuroscientists and anthropologists is the new book by psychologist Jonathan Haidt of the University of Virginia, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. The Haidt mantra is 'Intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second.' Which is pretty much the opposite of the way many of us confront opposing viewpoints. Especially those of us who've been rewarded throughout our careers for fashioning methodical, logical arguments to defend our intentions."

Thanks to Hazel Borys

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