Claim: We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from those whose views contradict our own.
Reason: Disagreement can cause stress and inhibit learning.
The claim states that learning from people who share the same views rather than from those who contradict with our views is more beneficial. Indisputably, a group of people who share the same views and ideologies will have less misunderstandings compared to a group with people with a variety of views. I, nevertheless, believe that the disagreement sheds new light on everyone’s opinions. Hence, I argue that one can learn much more from a person whose views are not in accord with that of the former.
First of all, I would like to point out that sometimes new ideas are necessary to see things differently. To illustrate, imagine a group of technical people trying to formulate a solution for a complex problem. One person in the group is the perspective that applying logic A will lead to better results than logic B. On the contrary, there is another person who disagrees with this opinion. If this person can elucidate the subtleties and nuances of the logic B over logic A that will help in bringing the project home, it would certainly widen the perspective of the other person in discord with him/her. Clearly, logic B is better. But if the group went ahead with logic A, ignoring the new idea, it wouldn’t lead to favorable results. This example shows how learning from people of contradicting opinions is more helpful than from people of same opinions.
Admittedly, there is some truth in the reason for the stated claim that disagreement can cause stress and inhibit learning. Granted, dissension could lead to hostile relationships among peers, but accepting feedback professionally, in a constructive way does not engender stress and will certainly promote a growth mindset. For example, consider a team of two, one with 15 years of experience in a field and one who is just starting out. The beginner, not blinded by experience might have creative solutions that make use of latest techniques to solve a problem. The experienced person might be stubborn about the general practices followed and might dismiss the beginner’s approaches. Being entrenched about one’s beliefs this way, will limit one’s outlook and hence will hinder their growth. Instead, it is beneficial to stay around people who can challenge your ideas and bring fresh arguments to the table.
To further bolster my argument, consider one of the pioneers in technology advancements – Microsoft. In this company, a concept called “Diversity and Inclusion” is promoted a lot. What it means is that, while we host a people of diverse backgrounds, be it cultural, technical or area of expertise, it is important to make everyone feel inclusive. To make everyone feel inclusive, it is critical to make sure every voice is heard. Diversity will follow everywhere we go. In a professional setting, because of the diversity among colleagues, there are bound to be conflicts among their approaches. In such situations, it is absolutely necessary to show due respect and consideration to every opinion on the table. In the process of this exchange, the boundaries of each individual’s knowledge will be expanded. Hence proved the point that there is more to learn from people of opposing views than supporting views.
In conclusion, how we handle and react to disagreement is what decides whether discord if conducive or not. Adopting a growth mindset and cultivating a feedback environment in a group where your peers are constantly challenging your established beliefs is a much better way to learn and grow than being obstinate about your stance.
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Transition Words or Phrases used:
but, first, hence, if, look, nevertheless, so, while, for example, in conclusion, first of all, on the contrary
Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments
Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 27.0 19.5258426966 138% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 18.0 12.4196629213 145% => OK
Conjunction : 17.0 14.8657303371 114% => OK
Relative clauses : 19.0 11.3162921348 168% => OK
Pronoun: 41.0 33.0505617978 124% => Less pronouns wanted
Preposition: 83.0 58.6224719101 142% => OK
Nominalization: 9.0 12.9106741573 70% => OK
Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 3000.0 2235.4752809 134% => OK
No of words: 583.0 442.535393258 132% => OK
Chars per words: 5.14579759863 5.05705443957 102% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.91379618374 4.55969084622 108% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.03783802721 2.79657885939 109% => OK
Unique words: 289.0 215.323595506 134% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.495711835334 0.4932671777 100% => OK
syllable_count: 918.0 704.065955056 130% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.59117977528 101% => OK
A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 9.0 6.24550561798 144% => OK
Article: 6.0 4.99550561798 120% => OK
Subordination: 3.0 3.10617977528 97% => OK
Conjunction: 2.0 1.77640449438 113% => OK
Preposition: 11.0 4.38483146067 251% => Less preposition wanted as sentence beginnings.
Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 30.0 20.2370786517 148% => OK
Sentence length: 19.0 23.0359550562 82% => The Avg. Sentence Length is relatively short.
Sentence length SD: 41.9039775359 60.3974514979 69% => OK
Chars per sentence: 100.0 118.986275619 84% => OK
Words per sentence: 19.4333333333 23.4991977007 83% => OK
Discourse Markers: 3.7 5.21951772744 71% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 4.97078651685 101% => OK
Language errors: 6.0 7.80617977528 77% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 17.0 10.2758426966 165% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 9.0 5.13820224719 175% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 4.0 4.83258426966 83% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?
Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.276708886251 0.243740707755 114% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0658800534682 0.0831039109588 79% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.104766790126 0.0758088955206 138% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.148548735612 0.150359130593 99% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.111852897986 0.0667264976115 168% => OK
automated_readability_index: 12.5 14.1392134831 88% => Automated_readability_index is low.
flesch_reading_ease: 52.19 48.8420337079 107% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.92365168539 111% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 10.7 12.1743820225 88% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 12.59 12.1639044944 104% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.48 8.38706741573 101% => OK
difficult_words: 144.0 100.480337079 143% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 12.0 11.8971910112 101% => OK
gunning_fog: 9.6 11.2143820225 86% => OK
text_standard: 13.0 11.7820224719 110% => OK
What are above readability scores?
Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
Note: the e-grader does NOT examine the meaning of words and ideas. VIP users will receive further evaluations by advanced module of e-grader and human graders.