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I recently finished reading Born to Believe, by Andrew Newberg, MD, and Mark Robert Waldman.

One part I felt like sharing because they seem like useful exercises, particularly for a writer.

Born to believe, page 259 wrote:

Here are eight strategies that the CIA uses to teach its intelligence-gathering analysts to think more wisely and open-mindedly:

1. Become proficient in developing alternative points of view.
2. Do not assume that the other person will think or act like you.
3. Think backward. Instead of thinking about what might happen, put yourself into the future and try to explain how a potential situation could have occurred.
4. Imagine that the belief you are currently holding is wrong, and then develop a scenario to explain how that could be true. This helps you to see the limitations of your own beliefs.
5. Play “devil’s advocate” by taking the minority point of view. This helps you see how alternative assumptions make the world look different.
7. Brainstorm. A quantity of ideas leads to quality because the first ones that come to mind are those that reflect old beliefs. New ideas help you to break free of emotional blocks and social norms.
8. Interact with people of different backgrounds and beliefs.


Number seven I thought could especially be applied to writers or other creative people.

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