Go Ahead: Make Some Assumptions

Look at each photo. What do you believe to be true about the person, place, or situation in the picture? Click on the characteristics that you believe apply to the photo. Don't think too hard about your choices—go with your gut reaction. Click Next photo when you are finished.

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Reflection

How did it feel to make assumptions about these photos?

Whatever you felt is okay, but many people experience a combination of emotions. Sometimes making assumptions makes people feel smart or “in-the-know” because they can reach conclusions based on a quick glance or relatively small amount of information. Making assumptions might also make people feel uncomfortable—they don’t want to make a mistake or hurt someone’s feelings.

Making assumptions is a natural part of organizing reality. At the same time, assumptions are risky because they can hinder our ability to understand, build relationships, and solve problems.

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