Being non-judgmental means suspending your judgment in relation to people’s actions and behaviour and accepting them as they are. The more we can accept a person fully and not influence the process with what we think/feel/believe the closer we can get to their experience.

Question: Does this mean you should agree with people’s views and behaviour?

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Being non-judgmental means suspending your judgment in relation to people’s actions and behaviour and accepting them as they are. The more we can accept a person fully and not influence the process with what we think/feel/believe the closer we can get to their experience.

Question: Does this mean you should agree with people’s views and behaviour?

Answer: This does not mean we have to agree with people’s views and behaviour but rather an embracing of how it is to be them from the context of them in their lives, for example their family situation, class, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, etc.

Question: Is it important to be aware of your own prejudices?

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The message ‘keep an open mind’ with lots of arrows pointing in different directions

Being non-judgmental means suspending your judgment in relation to people’s actions and behaviour and accepting them as they are. The more we can accept a person fully and not influence the process with what we think/feel/believe the closer we can get to their experience.

Question: Does this mean you should agree with people’s views and behaviour?

Answer: This does not mean we have to agree with people’s views and behaviour but rather an embracing of how it is to be them from the context of them in their lives, for example their family situation, class, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, etc.

Question: Is it important to be aware of your own prejudices?

Answer: It is important that you are aware of your own prejudices and judgments as they can interrupt your ability to really sit alongside someone in their struggle. We are all a product of our upbringing with its influences of what the norms were in our birth family/caring situation. As a person helping people the more you can recognise, explore and understand your prejudices the less they will interfere in your ability to connect to other people who are different to yourself.

The message ‘keep an open mind’ with lots of arrows pointing in different directions