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The Flexible Opinion

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Everybody has an opinion and if they don’t, they outsource the thinking process and adapt someone else’s opinion. Even the decision that you don’t care about something is an opinion in my – you guessed it – in my opinion. This is not going to be a scientific article about the subject but I hope it will yet be interesting to you.

What is an opinion? Wikipedia says an opinion is “a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about matters commonly considered to be subjective”. I think it’s how you think about something or someone, what you feel about it and how you express this thoughts to others. I also firmly believe that any type of opinion is flexible and most definitely not permanent.

About This Photograph

This is a photo I took in December 2006 in Frankfurt, Germany. This was 9 years ago and taken with my Sony Ericsson K800i cell phone. It wasn’t really a smartphone but it was cutting edge in taking photographs. We also did not have Instagram at that time, so that look it has was manual effort and not just tapping the spring-sparkles filter. Only 9 years ago but seems like a different time really. I titled it Motion for reconsideration and this is the comment I added to it:

You can always follow a stream falling into your routines. Often it is even helpful, but whatever you do, you should yet stay conscious and be aware of your options.  Maybe one day it is the other path you have to take. A path into a better future maybe? If you want it.
Tengo hambre.

I would have not remembered this thought, if I did not write it down back then, so I’m very happy, that I can now share that with you.

The Nature of Opinions

I had interesting conceptual conversations with Diana Adams about opinions before. One of the questions in those conversations was, if opinions are fixed or flexible. I believe that opinions are flexible and could even change throughout a single day by 180 degree, based on what happens in the life of the opinion owner. I think that opinions are…

  • Based on individual (or second-hand) experiences
  • Based on individual socialization
  • Highly subjective
  • Subject to change at any time

Just like with everything in live, change is the spice. Ideas can spark and you can innovate even your own opinions. Maybe my opinion is now even changing your opinion on opinions (what a sentence…).

Many thanks for reading and like always I would love to hear from you below in the comment section!

Photo credit: Pei Huang (黃培華) / Christopher Isak

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2 thoughts on “The Flexible Opinion

  • January 17, 2016 at 3:35 am
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    Thank you for this, Chris!! What an honor to have a mention in one of your super-fab posts.

    I can’t believe you remember that convo. It feels like that was 10 years ago, but in reality, it was probably about one and a half years ago. xo

    About opinions……. this is the thing. I think there are 3 types of opinions.

    1) The silly opinions we have about things like….. what is best to eat for lunch?

    2) The emotional opinions about things like….. should I trust you as a good friend?

    3) The deep-seeded opinions about things we feel REALLLY matter.

    For me personally, those things would be abortion, gun control, smoking and free speech.

    I’m not a pacifist like you Chris.

    I’m more a fan of radical candor.

    Read this post about radical candor — it will change your life: http://firstround.com/review/radical-candor-the-surprising-secret-to-being-a-good-boss/

    This is the thing…..

    And I’m only saying this based on my own personal experience (no research or science).

    Opinions in number 1 are easily flexible.

    Opinions in number 2 are also flexible, given our emotional state at the time of the decision. I’m still willing to be flexible here.

    Opinions in number 3 are in a whole different league. Those are opinions that have become beliefs. Those are usually inflexible, BUT they can be flexible.

    Here’s the rub…..

    If and when you ever attempt to change someone’s opinion, you might be surprised to know that your success will be more based on that person’s ability to be open-minded than the strength of your argument.

    And, if you want that person to become more open-minded, make them feel good about themselves first. Ask them a few questions about themselves or whatever you have to do. It’s all about their emotional state of mind.

    I know it sounds silly, but if you research it…. people who feel good about themselves are more likely to be
    open-minded, which means more likely to change their opinion.

    I love online psychology. I also know you’re already a master of that.

    I am looking forward to tweeting this post on Monday. Thank you again for the mention!!! It’s a topic I love and could write about allllll day long. <3

    Infinity Hugs,

    Di
    @adamsconsulting

    PS. Now Google favors long posts (2000+ words) but back in the old days, when 300 words was basta…… this comment would be long enough to be a post. hahahahahaha xo

    PSS. I love your photo and story about your Sony Ericsson K800i cell phone. <3

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