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How can I avoid making assumptions?

When you catch yourself making assumptions, do this:
  • Say, "Stop it!" Every time you catch yourself thinking you know what someone else is thinking, tell yourself to stop.
  • Think positively. Think of how you may be misreading the situation. Try to see other sides of the story rather than focusing on what you "think" you know.
  • Realize that not everyone thinks as you do. What you think may be quite different from reality. Seek out the facts before you react.
  • Ask yourself, "Am I jumping to conclusions?" You may not have all the information you need to make a decision. Do you react to information you've received from others rather than the person you're in conflict with?
  • Ask for the truth. Go directly to the person and ask what's going on. What's the worst thing that will happen?
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