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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A STIMULATING INTERLOCUTOR



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Antonio Giordano* – Throughout life, people form a sense of themselves as a person with both individual and social identities. This development occurs through social interactions with others.

 

Indeed, it is only through engaging with an "intelligent and stimulating interlocutor" that one gains the added benefit of "systematic and multi-directional comparison." This process strengthens or modifies one's ideas through insightful discussions.

 

Confronting with those who differ from us fosters new ideas and unexpectedly productive projects. Often, significant achievements arise when stepping away from a "comfortable starting position" or from habitual thought patterns.

 

Conversations with others blend ideas and strategies into a "common factor," resulting in unexpected clarity of expression and exploration of uncharted territories. Additionally, engaging in stimulating conversations with intelligent interlocutors facilitates the expansion of productive social network and promotes a more fluid thought flow. Feedback from such interactions can enhance self-esteem and improve self-perception. Conversations and attentive listening contribute to mutual well-being, nourishing the "idea of the future" in the human psyche.

 

While solitude provides a space for self-discovery free from external influences, progress is also achieved through meaningful conversations with others.


Professor Antonio Giordano, M.D., Ph.D., is the creator and head of the Sbarro Health Research Organization, located at Temple University's College of Science and Technology in Philadelphia. Stay connected with him through his various social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, to receive the latest updates.



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