A challenge to our worldview can often feel like a personal attack—instead of making us consider an alternative view, it can make us even more supportive of our original opinion.
This article by Keith M. Bellizzi, writing for UCONN, makes the following points:
- The assertion that ‘once facts are established, opinions can be formed’ may sound logical, but it is not supported by evidence.
- People form opinions based on emotions rather than facts—new facts often do not change people’s minds.
- Your worldview starts to form during childhood.
- Opinions and beliefs develop within a particular cultural context and get reinforced over time.
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