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Good Faith Assumptions

Assuming others' good intent increases trust and effectiveness. Instead of interpreting "negative" actions as attempts at manipulation, insult, or power-play, we choose to believe people are doing the best they can and look for underlying values or needs in common. Searching for a better story, we find or create one.


This is closely related to "unconditional positive regard".

Cautions & Caveats: If taken too far, this pattern could prevent an appropriate response to bad behaviour. Be ready to set appropriate boundaries as needed.