December 19, 2007

Being slow-to-know

I have written before about the not-knowing posture. Frank Thomas (picture) has an interesting variation on this terminology. He writes:
"I have found that being slow-to-know is a more realistic stance. First, being slow-to-know encourages the expansion of people's descriptions, allowing diversity to emerge as clients restate posititions and overexplain themselves. Because I am driven to be open to correction and I am constantly revising my ideas, this slowness is not an act -the client knows that I am not mentally slow, but they re-act and re-search with me in hopes of re-creating some meaningful differences from their own language and experience." (source, p8)
I like the idea of patiently developing your understanding of something.

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