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How to Identify and Avoid Protectionist Thinking

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We are all familiar with protectionist thinking, whether we recognise it or not. As humans, it’s almost unavoidable. We all think this way at the very least a few times in our lives.

Protectionist Thinking is the thought process where a person aims to minimise risks to their perceived state or condition by actively or passively seeking an alternate negative stance to avoid displacement.

That’s quite a lot to take in so let’s break down what that means.