Misoneist? What’s that? Never heard of it. I don’t like it.

That’s exactly what a misoneist would say. A misoneist is someone who hates anything new. We all have a bit of this in us but it’s more prevalent among those who have less exposure to things. More exposure to more things leads to more curiosity.

So if someone says they don’t like it, don’t take it personally. It’s probably because they haven’t heard much of anything new lately. They’re in a bubble. Thankfully, bubbles can be easily broken.

Just relate your “new” thing to something old. Or take the outside view, give an example of how others elsewhere, others like us, did this too. 

And for you and I, the solution takes less than five minutes. To break the bubble, open three books 1 and read the first two sentences. If they’re well-written, a small bubble will pop. Read a few small things from a few small places a day (five minutes max) and you’ll never be a real misoneist again. 

One more thing: for all the Scrabble fans, “misoneist” is valid and has 13 words within the word. Just saying.

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