I had a number of “ah ha” moments. I clarified my own ideas and moved beyond my emotional reaction to the tweet. In the process, I became aware of things about my family member’s values that had been completely unknown to me.
This is a statement from an individual who analyzed her outraged disagreement with President Obama’s tweet about protesters. As a result, she concluded that it was valuable to view a political disagreement as a culture bump – not only because she felt relief from her anger but it also allowed her to have a different kind of conversation with family members with different political views.
Below is her step by step process. Her words are italicized and in red while the instructions for each of the eight steps are in black. Notice how her initial fury with President Obama shifts with each culture bump step into a deeper understanding of herself and into a clarification of her own mindset – leading to a new freedom from her initial shock.
An Analysis of a Culture Bump with President Donald Trump
The first step is to pinpoint the culture bump– in other words something specific that is different from what I would do or say –
- Obama knew nothing about the situation (the Cambridge Police and Professor Henry Louis Gates) and spouted off about race
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!