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What does accuracy look like in a person? (2 responses)

I think of accuracy in a person as a truth-seeker. Someone that doesn't speak too fast or too soon but listens to the questions or comments and then using only what they know to be true speaks.

A person who values accuracy is one who doesn't overstate or understate, even when they are trying to be persuasive. Another factor is being data driven--and willing to change opinions based on contradictory evidence. When someone has these two qualities, I am far more likely to trust their input and to act on it.

I think that often people say things that are partially true (ie. they oversimplify and exaggerate) because they feel urgent about being heard or about persuading someone to their point of view. With some people, you learn to automatically calculate a correction factor when they speak--to add your own qualifiers or probabilities or to turn down the intensity/urgency. My grandmother was inaccurate at the other end of the spectrum--she had a tendency to understate. As she got older, when she said she was in pain or needed help, we all jumped through hoops because we knew she felt worse than she was communicating. But I think life is easiest all around when people try to simply say what is real.

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