Interpretations are explanations of events based on our beliefs and assumptions that are locked in by our mental models. We often resist objective truth by deciding that our viewpoints are correct and are ready to take action based on them. Interpretations are the logical consequence of the sequence-mental models, beliefs, and assumptions—and are generally not based on an objective appraisal of reality. Rather than following the black and white certainty provided by our interpretations we should seek cross validation before taking action. This is especially important since our interpretations are fortified by emotional states that align with them.

A couple of things that can be helpful here: 1. exploring other ways of looking at your chosen explanation of events, and 2. asking others how they might interpret the same events differently. Consideration of alternatives engages that pre-frontal cortex and strengthens connections with the executive center of our brain. All things change when you do.

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