Metamorphosis on discussing the impact of Misunderstanding

Inquiry Question: How is misunderstanding produced and exerted?


  The project brings me many new thinkings and at the same time, it changes my point of views and gives me more angles to look at the essence while doing researches. First, when I’m looking at the word ‘misunderstanding’, I feel it is something which cannot be discussed in sections because the topic itself is so subjective. However, after reading some psychological analysis online, I changed my mind. Misunderstanding can be explained by reason, result, and prevention. In the part reason, it can be explained by brain mechanization and messages which are wrongly got by the receiver and communicator. Then I found evidence to support my guess and at last, I concluded ways to prevent misunderstandings. The biggest influence is that I begin to deal with a professional inquiry question by partial analysis.
  While I am doing the topic, the most difficult part would be projecting what to do. According to what I learn in the first cycle, I feel that I need a detailed plan for clarity. So it took a lot of time to think about the inquiry question plan, and the plan did work successfully while I was following the plan to do round researches.
  The investigation also impacts me especially when I choose directions. In one of my round researches, I said that people were cognitive misers, then I stopped there, it seems like it explains everything. At the time, I was hesitated to talk about how mean that people treat others, however, after writing a few paragraphs, I gave up. It’s not easy to be objective and it’s easy to lead others to feel entrust while communicating. So I changed to do a research on how the brain copes with information. Consequently, I found the evidence to explain double system while we’re reading messages. The investigation teaches me to research scientifically to some extent.
  Misunderstanding is a cut and dried topic, whereas many people avoid talking about this. From my perspective, I hope what I did can help people know more about each other and have the courage to deal with the mistake. The most significant thing is that to realize if relationships need fixing and what people can do to be better. The border impacts of knowledge which might have on others are both locally and globally because it refers to issues that everyone might meet and the method worth trying for every single person.
While I am doing the topic, the most difficult part would be projecting what to do. According to what I learn in the first cycle, I feel that I need a detailed plan for clarity. So it took a lot of time to think about the inquiry question plan, and the plan did work successfully while I was following the plan to do round researches.

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Hey Charlotte, I think your topic is super intriguing. It's really interesting to learn about why the human brains think a certain way or interpret things a certain way and why people think differently than each other.  If you don't want to look into this topic anymore but still stay in the area of the human brain, maybe next cycle you could look at how people develop opinions and why everyone has a different opinion on certain things.

Good luck!

Hi Charlotte!

I really enjoyed reading your metamorphosis. I also found it really interesting how you decided to research a more scientific-based answer by reading about how our brain copes. I am glad you found that making a plan was a very successful way of completing research rounds; I also found it very useful to confer to my project plan while starting a new round.

Overall, great job on completing this cycle! I look forward to whatever you come up with next. Good luck!

Hey Charlotte,

Wow! That is a significant reflection you've had. I completely agree that misunderstandings are not subjective but are explainable by reason. They can definitely always be prevented. Usually, misunderstandings will at most hinder the relationships among people. Other times, simple misunderstandings can put someone's life on the line. For example, police officers have made the mistake of shooting unarmed black men with the presumptions that they were holding guns instead of wallets in the U.S. on many occasions. This lethal mistake stemmed from the assumptions they had about black men and in that moment of panic and imminent danger, they shot an innocent man. A small misunderstanding, one that can be so engrained in our youth and communities that it becomes subconscious, can be detrimental and is the birth of many  sociological issues such as racism.

This was a great post, and I really had some questions for myself by the end of reading it. Keep up the great work!
Erica Won.

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