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Our Common Values

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Daniel Krawczyk


In this op-ed, neuroscientist Dan Krawczyk delves into the science of human values, exploring the core set of ten values identified by social psychologist Shalom H. Schwartz. Research suggests that approaching disagreement by identifying common ground can strengthen interpersonal relationships, as well as challenge patterns of either/or thinking.


"It is incredibly heartening to realize that all human beings around the world share a core set of basic values. ... If you find yourself having trouble relating to someone who seems very different from you, then you need only to dig a bit deeper. Pivot to one of the other values and find the common ground. Surely at least one of your values is dialed in at roughly the same setting as the other party. If you disagree with someone, then you can do so constructively by reminding yourself that you are merely reflecting different aspects of values you both share. Knowledge of the ten values plus a good-faith attitude can act as a social catalyst enabling you to bond with even the most unlikely people in your life."
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Daniel Krawczyk, PhD

Deputy Director of Research Debbie and Jim Francis Chair and Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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