The presence of a point of view as a problem of modern society and the IT industry
Recently, I have been increasingly confronted with the phenomenon of a point of view on certain events, things, processes, even on ways of brewing tea.
In general, the total propaganda of anything, the media and the modern social structure of relations implies the emergence of a point of view for each person on each situation in the world around him. Anyone who is capable of analyzing the information coming to him in one way or another develops his own attitude to what comes to him through the Internet, TV, conversations with friends.
Developing one’s own point of view is a normal process of organizing the waterfall of information that each of us stands in the digital age.
And now I will explain why the point of view is not only unnecessary, but in the generally accepted form it is harmful and negatively affects labor efficiency, relationships, people management and personality development over time as a whole and why it should be replaced by horizons.
Information flow, information analysis and influence of authorities
Here is what Wikipedia offers us as a definition of a “point of view”: Point of view (POV) is the life position with which the subject evaluates the events happening around him. The term came from the “point of view” - the place where the observer is located and on which the perspective he sees depends on.
The modern individual exists within the framework of the information flow defined by him. News feed of social networks, RSS, twitter, Habr - all this forms the horizons of a person when acquainting him with new information. Depending on the intensity and aggressiveness of the information received, as well as on a number of personal characteristics of a person, his horizons begin to narrow to the point of view. Yes, it is narrowing. It may seem that the development of an unambiguous attitude and opinion on certain issues allows you to streamline your location in life relative to what is happening around. This process gives confidence and gives our hero, a modern person, peace and understanding of the surrounding reality. The problem is, that without sufficient communication skills and the flexibility of social thinking, a person is most often incapable of reconsidering his or her “life position”. This paradox is strengthened by the influence of authoritative sources, the sayings of successful people, as well as the now popular self-developing literature, as well as prof. publications, for example, on the selection and management of personnel. Thus, we get a classic situation where a person constantly receives information from the outside and logically seeks to organize it, forming his personal point of view and through this process “sorting through” what he sees / hears / reads. The following factors add fuel to the fire of inability to critically review “processed” and “acquired” information: sayings of successful people, as well as the now popular self-developing literature, as well as prof. publications, for example, on the selection and management of personnel. Thus, we get a classic situation where a person constantly receives information from the outside and logically seeks to organize it, forming his personal point of view and through this process “sorting through” what he sees / hears / reads. The following factors add fuel to the fire of inability to critically review “processed” and “acquired” information: sayings of successful people, as well as the now popular self-developing literature, as well as prof. publications, for example, on the selection and management of personnel. Thus, we get a classic situation where a person constantly receives information from the outside and logically seeks to organize it, forming his personal point of view and through this process “sorting through” what he sees / hears / reads. The following factors add fuel to the fire of inability to critically review “processed” and “acquired” information: shaping your personal point of view and through this process “sorting through” what they saw / heard / read. The following factors add fuel to the fire of inability to critically review “processed” and “acquired” information: shaping your personal point of view and through this process “sorting through” what they saw / heard / read. The following factors add fuel to the fire of inability to critically review “processed” and “acquired” information:
- Public opinion
- Personal preferences
- Empirical experience (if any)
- Separate recognized authorities
The human brain is a very lazy thing and its main goal is to reduce calorie consumption, i.e. work as little as possible \ think. A decrease in brain activity is achieved through the "automation" of typical situations and the reduction of human brain resources involved in the work, i.e. the transition from the conscious to the reflex, the unconscious. I think this principle also works with the perception of information to its fullest.
Thus, as soon as a person ceases to consciously think over the information received, just thoughtlessly pouring it into his brain, the unconscious comes into play, which forms our point of view based on the previously listed factors, as well as a number of others.
Everyone knows the situation when someone considers BMW to be the best car, and his far from stupid friend, similar to an ancient Viking, huge and bearded, starts squeaking like a girl at the sight of the brand new Volvo or Nissan. These are typical victims of the point of view.
Point of view in IT or why many people do not tolerate programmers
Each of us more than once or twice faced a situation where people complained that it was impossible to communicate with techies (programmers, engineers, system administrators etc). Many representatives of our brother believe that
The vast majority of technical specialists have their own, clear and developed point of view on most issues, including those not related to work.
For this reason, even in everyday terms, communication with us, at times, becomes simply unbearable for an outsider. A rather large role in this was played by the formation of personality and the resulting layer of fundamental knowledge in technical disciplines, which, most often, do not tolerate subjunctive moods. Avoiding the general academic things that have broadened the horizons of a person for centuries, and I am talking about the humanities, philosophy, history, polemics etc, towards my favorite occupation and future profession, has led to the inability to more flexibly perceive different information on the same issue. We have lost the ability to recognize the variability and possibility of the existence of several “truths” and “truths”, leaving for ourselves the only, in our opinion, true, dry, unambiguous answer to the task thrown to us by life.
A person is not born with the ability to think critically, analyze and evaluate information, flexibly reacting to surrounding processes. This ability is a feature of thinking and perception that trains like muscle. I'm not saying that a person should completely abandon the formation of personal opinion, but the ability to accept the variability and the multiplicity of permissible, true "truths" for the same situation is vital in the conditions of modern realities and the structure of society.
In fact, the vast majority of IT workers are such local tyrants as part of the acceptance and understanding of opinions different from his own.
An ordinary person who does not have such a “tough” position in life, as well as in the collision of diametrically opposite points of view of two or groups of individuals, has a reaction to deny the opponent’s opinion and banal “hatred”. one of the most striking examples is the followers of various political systems of society, liberal capitalists and (authoritarian) socialists. With such "clashes" constructivism in communication ends and the dirt begins as it is.
That is why every day we can observe on the Internet such holivars as “Are PHP developers programmers”, “Win VS Linux” and others. And the point here is not even in the nature of man, but in his adherence to his point of view, which is for him the final and only truth.
The problem of the “point of view” in work
Each of us came across a person who believes that his knowledge and methods of work are many times better than that of his colleagues. A similar approach and the inability to deviate from one’s point of view leads to the following problems:
- Conflicts with colleagues
- Conflicts with leadership
- Incorrectly completed tasks
- Failure to meet deadlines
It is possible to enumerate for a very long time, and I'm not talking about people who don’t listen to anyone and do their own thing, but rather, I’m talking about people who are not able to give up their opinions to achieve greater efficiency, simply because they think differently .
All the situations described and not mentioned, but understandable to us, grow out of only one thing: the inability to reconsider our views based on the information received at the moment. In turn, this ossification originates from the inability to communicate with people.
In recent years, it has become fashionable to consider yourself, if not a recluse, then certainly an introvert . Tens and hundreds of thousands of people arrogantly set themselves this beautiful “diagnosis” in an attempt to justify their inability to communicate with other people.
What is communication as such? Communication is primarily the ability to listen to the interlocutor to the end. Yes Yes. First of all, the one who communicates patiently and to the end listens to the other person is best communicates. But just as important is how and how we respond to other people in the course of communication. The art of controversy and discussion is one of the oldest and probably the most respected among human skills as such. The art of conducting a reasoned, balanced and calm conversation without reference to the main weapon of each of us - empirical experience and our own point of view, defending our opinion - this is the key to successful interaction with other people.
And whether it’s a conversation in the kitchen, or a fierce battle in the comments, you should never forget that we are not in the market. One of the most important components of a full-fledged communication with another person is an understanding of what he says, an analysis of what he has heard / read, and an answer based on what the other person has said in the first place.
Unfortunately, at the moment, conversations of the blind with the deaf are everywhere observed; each oppresses his own not taking into account what was said by the interlocutor, arguing his own position solely with his own point of view and experience.
Such situations are avoided by people who are able not to accept, but to have several points of view on the same issue at the same time, which is the horizons of the topic under discussion.
What will give you an extension of your point of view to your horizons at work?
If you are an ordinary person \ ordinary employee:
- Political flexibility in relationships
- Ability to recognize your mistakes easier
- Ability to avoid conflicts when needed
- Effectively and reasonably defend your position
- Understand what’s going on around things more clearly.
If you are a leader:
- Ability to look at a situation through the eyes of a subordinate / big boss
- Be more persuasive to your subordinates, even the most obstinate
- The ability to convince leaders of your own rank / rank is higher in the correctness of your judgments and opinions with less blood
- Make more objective decisions, as you will be able to look at the situation through the eyes of several people from different angles
- Resolve conflict situations with greater efficiency
In general, you can list the positive aspects of your horizons for a very, very long time. But the most important thing is that the horizon reduces the chance of making a mistake due to the fact that some things were left behind the scenes for you and you did not attach any importance to them / did not assume such a development of events. It may seem that smart literature from smart people can help you. However, it is not. Any prof. psychological, philosophical literature imposes its point of view, and until you learn to “split up” your consciousness into several “I” in order to keep various “points of view” in one bottle, it will only be harmful to you and will cause an incredible mix of theses and judgments in your head with the presence of dominant elements. To get started, just learn to listen to other people and think that they may be right, partially, or completely, even if their words are 100% contrary to your judgment. Only then will you learnto hear .
Well and most importantly, meeting another person with an outlook and not a point of view, you will get indescribable pleasure from communicating with him.
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Do you consider yourself a person with an outlook, and not a point of view?
- 42.8% Yes 140
- 14.6% No 48
- 42.5% by situation 139