I would like to say in retrospect that my initial post wasn't really called for and was in fact kind of rude. Sorry.
Anywho, off work and snug as a bug in my apartment, so I'll post my thoughts.
Which, unfortunately, is a tiring process.
It should be noted though that so long as I'm already familiar with the subject at hand, processing new information (whatever that may entail) is actually pretty quick. I suppose though this is because I've already formed an opinion on it (and more importantly why I've formed an opinion on it) and as such I can make a decision about it pretty quickly.
This seems accurate, speaking strictly for myself of course.
Now...force me to deal with something that addresses my core values, and you might have a point.
And SJs won't change their minds because they're lazy? Really? Seriously?
Going by the logic that
A) A lot of people are lazy
B) A lot of people are SJs
C) Therefore, SJs are lazy
is really shoddy thinking.
I define familiarity is being just how acquainted with and knowledgeable of a subject/person/place/thing I am. The more familiar with it I am, the better I can understand it and the better I can understand it the more I can account for and make predictions and determinations about this person/place/or thing.
Consistency though is the big one for me and something I think a lot of people misunderstand the most. If I'm given a choice between two paths to take, Path A being a path that's quicker but doesn't always provide the best results and Path B which is harder but consistency provides results... 99 out of 100 times I'll take Path B. Why? I'll take Path B the vast majority of the time because I -know- that I'm very very likely to get what I need and it's that consistency that provides me a great deal of psychological comfort.
Now it's very likely a great many SJs can and are lazy (present company included). Sloth unfortunately afflicts every human being regardless of shape/size/age/type/whatever. But I think it imply hat a resistance to change is simple because we're not willing to put our shoulders into it is disingenuous.
Often times when I've been presented a new idea or method of doing things...the reasons I reject have nothing to do with a lack of desire to shake up my routine. It's because your new idea sucks. Suggestions that I'm just half-assing the thinking process, while possibly true in some instances, is just more or less an ad homien attack. Probably just indignation at my refusal to concede your brilliance
Here's the thing about a lot of people that drive me up the wall: They start at Point A and want to get to Point D....but often fail to realize that it's actually important to stop at Points B & C along the way, for a variety of different reasons.
If I have a stern judgement or opinion on something and you genuinely feel that your way is better, then the way you're going to change my mind is by methodically overturning my judgements, explaining to me why I'm wrong, and patiently addressing and resolving my objections. Do that...and if I have any shred of intellectual honesty, I'll change my mind.