Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think.
Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think
By Dave Gray
Price: $29 (paperback plus ebook), $14 ebook Available from: Two Waves Books, an Imprint of Rosenfeld Media, LLC 457 Third Street, #4R, Brooklyn, NY 11215; twowavesbooks.com
We all know someone whose actions make no sense to us. Why do they do what they do? This thought-provoking book examines your belief system and how to get outside it to understand your own and others' actions.
The author is the founder of the strategic design consultancy XPLANE, where he focuses on the human element of change and innovation. A popular speaker and writer, he shares his thinking in this interesting book.
The word "liminal" comes from the Latin root limen, which means "threshold" or "doorway." It is a transition space between this and that, not of one thing or the other. Liminal thinking is the art of getting in this transition space to look at your beliefs in a new way in order to facilitate change.
The book is divided into two parts. The first explains how beliefs shape everything and provides six basic principles of beliefs to show how we form and use them: Beliefs are models; beliefs are created; beliefs create a shared world; beliefs create blind spots; beliefs defend themselves; and beliefs are tied to identity. The six principles essentially say that we develop beliefs to make sense of the world and our place in it, and we stick to our beliefs even in the face of opposing beliefs.
Part Two looks at how to examine and change this system of beliefs using nine practices: assuming you are not objective, emptying your mind of pre-existing ideas, creating a safe space where people can share what they really need, looking at situations from multiple viewpoints, asking questions, disrupting routines, making sense with stories, testing beliefs through action, and being open to how change personally affects you.
The author uses lots of stories to illustrate his points, and the book is an easy read. In an age of such divisiveness, it would be good if we all read this book to help us understand one another.
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