Hmm. I am sometimes surprised by how often LW posts take something I’ve seen in other circumstances (e.g., CBT) and repackages it. This is one of those instances—which, to be fair, Scott Alexander completely acknowledges!
I like the reminder that “showing people you are more than just their opponent” can be a simple way to orient conversations towards a productive discussion. This is really simple advice but useful in polarized/heated contexts. I feel like the post could have been shortened to just the last half, though.