Originally published on LinkedIn Influencers on December 18, 2014

In this series of posts, Influencers and members predict the ideas and trends that will shape 2015. Read all the stories here and write your own (please include the hashtag #BigIdeas2015 in the body of your post).

I have been thinking a lot about thinking. Why do I have the thoughts that I do, and how do I do my best thinking? Why do I feel so alive while thinking with some people, but completely frustrated when thinking with others?

At the end of the day, we only know for absolute certain what is going on in our own heads. When it comes down to knowing what other people are thinking, the best we can do are educated guesses, and the root of most conflicts is the misunderstandings that happen between what two people are thinking. However, just imagine if we could truly understand our own mind patterns, and possess the language needed to talk about it with others such as our family members, friends, and work colleagues. Imagine having the skill and language needed to understand the mind patterns of others, particularly those with whom we tend to get most easily frustrated. Not only could this serve to dramatically reduce conflict, but it could open the doors to an explosion of productivity, creatively, innovation, and maybe even…

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