Cognitive: (adj) knowing and perceiving
Thinking works best when thinking has not occurred before we decide to think.
It’s the only way to keep it fresh.
If you show up to a meeting, a counseling session, a conversation or even a family gathering having “thought out” what you’re going to say, the possibility for the event being a productive one is hampered.
To be cognitive is to be willing to arrive at a meeting with a blank slate and no pre-determined conclusion.
There’s nothing wrong with studying or having your facts in place. But if it becomes obvious that you’ve been trumped by your adversary with more thorough coverage of the subject matter, the cognitive brain relinquishes turf instead of protecting it.
There are three signs that a person has a cognitive brain:
- Cognitive leaves the door open for the possibility that a stone was left unturned in your investigation.
- Cognitive opens up two ears when others are talking, just in case there’s something to be learned.
- And cognitive is prepared to make the adjustments to the reality of the situation instead of merely standing by a press release which was printed long before the debate began.
Without this kind of cognitive reasoning, we always end up in war instead of the humility of admitting that we have much to learn from each other.
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