Many of us may know someone who lives and has made an occupation of being an eternal sceptic. People who may continually choose to question, or throw doubt on another person’s knowledge.
Anyone who is an eternal sceptic, may have his or her own opinions, may discredit what’s being said and may usually want to carry out their own research before they consider or believe the facts, knowledge or opinions that are being presented. In a way, it may almost becomes a personal quest, because a sceptic never seems convinced by what is being said is true and may continue to mistrust people.
When we discredit someone’s opinion without giving that person a chance to be believed, it points the finger directly at us. It’s something we may learn, we’re not born with those traits. If our parents behave with scepticism, we are more likely to copy them, but we should have an open mind.
It’s fine to disagree when we have the full facts in front of us and there may be times when it is necessary for us to be sceptical, particularly if the other person wants to involve us and we have our doubts. In those circumstances, we should always have a right to throw doubt on what’s being said.
Using scepticism can be damaging in relationships, but once we are aware we’re using scepticism, we should change how we relate and communicate with one another.