OPV-Other People View




Many thinking situations involve other people. What these other people think is just as much part of the situation as the factors, the consequences, the objectives etc. These other people may have a very different viewpoint. Although they are in the same situation, they may look at things very differently.

It is a very important part of thinking to be able to be able to tell how other people are thinking. Trying to see it from another person’s point of view is what doing an OPV is all about

  • A salesperson is trying to sell you a used sports car. 
  • The salesperson’s point of view is to show you the great condition of the bodywork, how powerful the engine is, the new tires, how it suits you, what a good buy it is.
  • Your point of view is to see whether it has been in a crash, how much spare tires cost, how worn the parts are, how much fuel it uses, how it compares to other cars you have seen.