How To Not Let Your Strong Opinions Isolate You

How To Not Let Your Strong Opinions Isolate You

Today’s article share is a good one; one that’s very relevant to me!

I sincerely believe it’s important and healthy to have strong values; to know what you believe in and to stand up for those beliefs.

But I also know that as with anything, there can be a dark side to this. And that is, that in standing up for beliefs, it’s easy to disagree with others who have different beliefs.

Especially in today’s world, where differences of opinion are becoming more and more black and white, fuelled by social media, all this can lead to difficulties with friends and at the extreme, social isolation.

Which is where I’ve found myself a few times and I’ll tell you … it’s not necessarily conducive to happiness and wellbeing.

So, if any of this rings true in any way for you then read on …

via Forbes by Mark Travers

Many people who come to therapy are worried that the opinions they hold are starting to negatively affect their relationships with their friends and family. They ask questions like:

  • “Why do I always argue with my partner about politics?”
  • “Why am I finding it hard to talk to my friends about current events?”
  • “Why do I feel like I am losing touch with some of the people I care about most?”

In today’s world, it’s common for people to feel like they are living in an “echo chamber” where they are only exposed to information and opinions that align with their own. This can lead to heightened polarization and division, causing people to feel less connected to those around them.

Echo chambers can form when people seek out sources of information that align with their existing beliefs and filter out those that don’t. As a result, they become insulated from opposing viewpoints, and their perspectives become more extreme. This can lead to a vicious cycle of confirmation bias, where people seek out information that confirms their existing beliefs while ignoring information that contradicts them.

As a psychologist, I can tell you that the personal relationships you have with your friends and family are integral to your mental health. It’s almost never worth losing a friend over an ideological division. Here are two tips to help you maintain relationships with people who may differ from you ideologically.

#1. Seek out diverse sources of information

study published in Social Indicators Research shows that where we get our news from can significantly impact our perception of the world around us. For instance, the research found that people who mostly rely on social media for news have a greater perception of corruption compared to those who get their news from traditional sources such as newspapers, radio, and TV…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE