Pre-conceived opinions

I don’t normally watch it, but I had been watching a UK reality TV show called “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.” As all the celebrities were sat around the campfire discussing what they thought of each before going on the show, they had already formed opinions which proved to be completely wrong, once they got into camp.

Unfortunately, and it’s a human failing, we form opinions about people before we’ve even spoken to them. We hear things and form opinions on what we hear, see or read about. We judge people on their clothes, by the cars they drive, their social status, education and race.

Perhaps we must learn not to have preconceived ideas, or form opinions on people we don’t really know, because nine times out of ten, the opinions we’ve already formed will turn out to be wrong.

6 Dec, 2013

4 thoughts on “Pre-conceived opinions

  1. I totally agree with you. I know people formed opinions about me when I was in school because someone started rumors about me. I know that’s one reason I didn’t have many friends.

    I think forming preconceived opinions will hurt not only the person the opinion is of, but the person that formed the opinion. Who knows, maybe the person you formed the opinion of may turn out to be a great friend, but you messed that up by having the wrong opinion of them.

    1. Thanks Lisa. It’s also not something we can put right once we’ve messed up, or not very easily.

      Unfortunately school is a breeding ground for this type of behaviour and children can be so cruel; but the biggest problem in that scenario is the parents ignoring how their children behave. Sorry you had to go through it.

      Discipline starts at home and should be continued in school to stamp out this type of behaviour. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to change an opinion once it’s been formed.

  2. Ugh, I hate when I do this! It’s something that I am trying to fix.

    We had these same thoughts about our son-in-law, that he was lazy etc and they turned out to be far from the truth. He was in a bad head-space then and he turned it around and has become a wonderful husband, father and person.

    Perfect example of why we shouldn’t do this!

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