How People Think

Why Do You Think You Know What I’m Thinking?

Learning to use Clean Language to understand what another person is really thinking and feeling starts with a crucial step: the step of appreciating that you don’t already know. Almost universally, people seem to believe they know what the people around them are thinking and feeling. And frequently, they act on their beliefs, without checking in with …

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How Would You Start A Conversation With An Alien?

How would you start a conversation with an alien? Could you use Clean Language? That’s just one of the thoughts that’s been buzzing round my brain since watching the provocative movie Arrival last night. Here’s the set up. Aliens have landed… and they aren’t much like humans. The central character (played by Amy Adams) is …

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Starting From A Blank Page

One day a student asked, “What is the most difficult part of painting?” The master answered, “The part of paper where nothing is painted is the most difficult.” – Painting Zen  I’ve been having an existential crisis today. After a few years of self-employment it’s become the regular marker of the start of summer: the …

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