Take a look at this short video called, appropriately for this post, Assumptions:
Entertaining, to be sure. But there’s more here than entertainment.
As much as I try to avoid it, I find it virtually impossible not to go into a situation without preconceived notions or assumptions. Such poor going-in positioning may have to do with the person or people with whom I’ll be dealing, something technical, my own performance, etc.
Often, such prejudices are benign, but there are times when I find myself wondering how the situation’s outcome might have been more beneficial (presumably, for all concerned) were I not to have these going-in positions.
Questions: Do you make assumptions? If so, do they tend to categorize? How might your behavior differ, were you to avoid such assumptions? How might you be able to keep from forming and being guided by such assumptions?