How does understanding your behavioral blend contribute to defining "enlarging the conversation"?
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Enlarging the conversation is a term that applies to the concept, stated in paraphrase, meaning understanding and listening and speaking or responding from a perspective that is larger than your own. It is surprisingly difficult to realize that other people literally understand things in a way that is different from your understanding of the same things and that this difference in understanding has the potential to completely block any possibility of mutual comprehension, clarity, agreement or accord.
Therefore the conversation must be enlarged to encompass the other's vision and understanding. The formula for enlarging the conversation, according to Liberty University (HSER 508) is: Identified Needs + Intentional Resourcing = Enlarging the Conversation. This involves asking understanding broadening questions and examining equally broadening resources, etc. Knowing the behavioral blend of both or all participants in a conversation facilitates knowing what kinds of questions to ask and what kind of resources to examine to reach mutual vision, comprehension and agreement or accord.
When someone looks at an issue, problem or phrase from different angles formed from his or her behavioral blend (a result of their varied personality) it broadens their views. Hence, this person does not respond in a limited way, but responds from varying perspectives which welcome others to contribute their ideas and views and as such enlarges the conversation. Simply, when you allow yourself to acknowledge someone else's point of view by thinking of yourself in their position you encourage that individual to share his or her ideas, causing the conversation to widen. This sometimes results in the conversation becoming more intellectually engaging and reflective of different backgrounds, traditions and cultural views of participating individuals. But for this to happen one must be aware of their own behavioral blend of personalities so as to welcome or even try to understand the behavioral blend of another person.
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