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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