Many of us will know someone who lives and has made an occupation of being an eternal sceptic. 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 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 have our doubts. In those circumstances, we will always have a right to throw doubt on what’s being said.
Using scepticism can be damaging to all relationships, but once we are aware we’re conducting ourselves like that, we can change how we relate and communicate with one another.