September 2, 2018

Crucial Talks Episode 47 Seinfeld vs. Costanza: Changing Conversations to Remove Conflict

Mike Sedam uses an episode of Seinfeld to discuss how our beliefs affect how we see the world around us and how that impacts our decisions.

In Seinfeld, Episode 12 of Season 9, George has a huge wallet where he keeps everything. It is so large it causes him pain. It is also so large it give Jerry a lot to make fun of him about.

We use it to better understand the book, Conversations Worth Having, by Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres.

By listening to the interactions between George and Jerry, we can see how the Constructionist Principle works and why how we have constructed the worlds we occupy can impact our decisions. We also get to use two principles from the book: 1. Having a positive frame and 2. Asking generative questions can change the direction of the conversations we have.

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