It’s often difficult to talk about sensitive topics that involve strongly held personal beliefs. This is especially true when that person is close to you and you don’t want to damage your relationship. Sometimes those conversations can be avoided, but do you have a plan on how to strike those conversations if they are too important to be avoided? As a scientist, I often feel obligated to promote science, particularly to the most skeptical crowds. For example, contending with the views anti-vaxers. This podcast from The New York Time’s Change Agent has some helpful insights on how to have those conversations. Specifically, the strategies (validation, getting curious, and personal stories) developed from an ex-cult member turned mental health counselor Steven Alan Hassan.
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