Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Diversity and ambiguity

What are the connections between tolerance for ambiguity and orientation to diversity?
It would appear that people who are able to cope well with situations of high uncertainty without undue stress also tend to really value a wide diversity of people to challenge and inform their thinking. On the other hand people with a low tolerance for ambiguity, people who prefer the comfort of more certain environments tend to also prefer to deal with people who are like them. They tend not to like being challenged by different thinking and ideas that do not accord with their own. For the ability to accept and value diversity read the ability to accept and value a diversity of thinking. In essence there appears to be a link between cognitive broadbanding, tolerance for ambiguity and an understanding that diversity can help to extend ones thinking and help with problem solving.

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