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understanding others

People think uniquely, react differently, and 'hear you' in their own way. But even though each person has an individual expericence there are some basic things we all share and the rest are divided into a few remaining groups they can identify with.

1. God knows the mind so ALWAYS pray for guidance first!:

"The true principles of psychology are found in the Holy Scriptures." {2MCP 781.1} "The Lord God is exact and infallible in His comprehension. He understands the working of the human mind, the active principles of the human agents He has formed, just how they will be moved upon by the objects that come before them, and in what manner they will act under every temptation that can try them, and in every circumstance in which they are placed." {2MCP 781.3} "For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He pondereth all his goings" (Proverbs 5:21). "The eyes of the Lord are in every place" (Proverbs 15:3). "He looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven" (Job 28:24). "The Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts" (1 Chronicles 28:9). He knows the things that come into our minds, every one of them. "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13).--Lt 18, 1895. {2MCP 782.1}

 

2. Remember God has given each person the ability to see right and wrong:

"God does not compel men to give up their unbelief. Before them are light and darkness, truth and error. It is for them to decide which they will accept. The human mind is endowed with power to discriminate between right and wrong. God designs that men shall not decide from impulse, but from weight of evidence, carefully comparing scripture with scripture. Had the Jews laid by their prejudice and compared written prophecy with the facts characterizing the life of Jesus, they would have perceived a beautiful harmony between the prophecies and their fulfillment in the life and ministry of the lowly Galilean." {DA 458.3}

 

3. Watch people's reactions to what you are saying:

"Jesus watched with deep earnestness the changing countenances of His hearers. The faces that expressed interest and pleasure gave Him great satisfaction. As the arrows of truth pierced to the soul, breaking through the barriers of selfishness, and working contrition, and finally gratitude, the Saviour was made glad. When His eye swept over the throng of listeners, and He recognized among them the faces He had before seen, His countenance lighted up with joy. He saw in them hopeful subjects for His kingdom. When the truth, plainly spoken, touched some cherished idol, He marked the change of countenance, the cold, forbidding look, which told that the light was unwelcome. When He saw men refuse the message of peace, His heart was pierced to the very depths." {DA 255.1}

To learn more about body language and reading people's non-verbal communication >>>

 

4. Learn how to speak to people in "their language"

Flag page, etc.

 

5. Learn Cognative Behaviour Therapy.

CBT will help you understand how we change and how we block change. You will be able to recognize 'poor thinking' in other and guide them to think clearly on topics of imporance.

Dr. Neil Nedley has a good book on the subject or there are many others that are excellent resources. I highly recommend: SOS Help for Emotions and Telling Yourself the Truth.