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Small Group Discussion 3 Questions

September 14, 2011
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Attitudes toward Disclosure and Approaches to Knowing

A word to add to your intellectual vocabulary: epistemology—the theory of how knowledge is acquired (the way people come to know things).

  • If you are angry at a friend, do you tell him or her? Can your friend tell by looking at you that you are mad at him? Can you tell when someone is mad at you?
  • If you become angry at your parents, how do you handle it?
  • If you have a disagreement with someone, is it difficult for you to say “I’m sorry; I was wrong”?
  • If you are in a relationship, do you easily discuss your feelings with your partner? Women, do you think men have more difficulty than you in discussing feelings? Men, do you think women want to talk about feelings too much?
  • Have you ever been in a public situation (on a bus, standing in line to buy tickets, etc.) when someone you didn’t know started talking to you? Did the conversation become “too” personal?
  • Must you have physical evidence (i.e., you have to be able to smell it, see it, feel it, taste it, hear it, etc.) of something in order to believe in it or think that it is a fact, or real? (This question could lead to a discussion of religion or faith if you were interested.)
  • Which do you think is more natural to you: memorizing facts well, or being able to “think critically” about a situation and come to an understanding through your own analysis and opinion? (This question could lead to a discussion that compares different school systems if you were interested.)
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