Many of us will know someone who lives and has made an occupation of being an eternal sceptic. I know I do. People who continually choose to question or throw doubt on another person’s knowledge.
Anyone who is an eternal sceptic, will have his or her own opinions, will discredit what’s being said and will 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 almost becomes a personal quest, because a sceptic never seems convinced by what is being said is true and will inevitably will 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 ourselves. It’s something we learn; we’re not born with those traits. If our parents behave with scepticism, we’re more likely to copy them, but that’s not right. 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’s important for us to be sceptical, particularly if the other person wants to involve us and we genuinely don’t agree. In those circumstances, we will always have a right to throw doubt on what’s being said.
However, when we use scepticism as a form of communication, in my opinion there becomes an element of distrust on our part, particularly when we’re not able to agree with someone’s thoughts and opinion when that person is obviously telling the truth and yet we’ve just shed doubt.
This kind of behaviour can be damaging to relationships, but once we are aware of conducting ourselves like this, we can change how we relate to one another.