One of my favorite exercises in the AVP program has always been this one. So often we tend to judge people based on limited knowledge about their background. Sometimes these judgments can be mistaken to the point of being hilarious. However, when additional facts become available, such judgments can be easily revised.
Here are a couple examples of what I mean. If you were given a trustworthiness graph using a scale of ten (for most trustworthy) to one (least trustworthy), how would you rate these persons? Do you have any idea of who they might be? You will have to total and average each set; then add and average both the sets for each person.
Person # 1
___Was an influential teacher ___Scandalized community by his
friendship with a hooker
___Had a good trade ___Physically demolished a business he
___Traveled extensively ___ Loved children
___Had communist leanings ___ Was not afraid to fight the
___Appeared with Jesse Jackson in 1989 ___Arrested and jailed in 2002
___Suffered from severe depression ___Has not always had a regular job
___Has worked with AIDS patients ___Hung out with drug dealers and
___Gives great parties ___Claims to love children and
So…who are these people and how do you rate them? You can send your answer by posting a comment or you can find out in next week’s blog.