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Beautiful Mind

TO HAVE A beautiful mind you must genuinely seek to find points of agreement with the person to whom you are talking. Surprisingly this is the most difficult aspect of all.
It is so difficult because the agreement must be genuine and not just sycophantic pretence. It is difficult because the motivation to do this is contrary to most people’s natural inclinations.
We can look at two extremes of agreement and disagreement:
You are so right …
I agree with everything you say … I completely agree with you … Absolutely right …
I agree one hundred per cent …
If you agree with everything, there is not much of a discussion, not much of a conversation and not much of an exchange of views. The other person might as well be giving a lecture. Nice as it may sound, your contribution is not very significant.
Then there is the other extreme:
Yes, but …
I totally disagree … You are wrong there … That is not so …
This is the person who makes a point of disagreeing with everything that is said. This highly argumentative person seeks to demonstrate superiority through disagreement. Too often, academics or highly educated people behave in this manner because they have been encouraged to do so. This type of mind is intensely irritating and is far from being a beautiful mind.
You need to be somewhere between these two extremes.You do not have to agree with everything. You should not disagree with everything.

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