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Why Do Many People State Their Opinions As If They Are Facts?

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Lombax | 13:05 Tue 03rd Aug 2021 | Society & Culture
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Why do people sometimes not respect the opinions of other people regarding a certain topic? Usually, when you say to them "i disagree with you" they will say "just listen to us, it is the truth" something like that but indirectly.

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Social media gives loudmouths an opportunity to express their opinions and shout down the "idiots" who disagree with them.
It may help to agree on the definition of brainwashing. I suspect a lot of people use it as a synonym for coercion or hoodwinking. Clearly, you can feel compelled to state something against your will, or you can be misled into believing something that is false, but I'm not sure that either of these should be termed "brainwashing".
pixie: "Still not answering the question? " - what question?
It isn't, Jim, I agree. Brainwashing is a psychological and psychiatric term, with a specific meaning. It does get confusing though, when people use it to define whatever they want at the time.
it seems the term came from the Chinese:
//"Hunter described how Mao Zedong’s Red Army used terrifying ancient techniques to turn the Chinese people into mindless, Communist automatons. He called this hypnotic process “brainwashing,” a word-for-word translation from xi-nao, the Mandarin words for wash (xi) and brain (nao), and warned about the dangerous applications it could have. The process was meant to “change a mind radically so that its owner becomes a living puppet—a human robot—without the atrocity being visible from the outside.”//
Again, TTT. It isn't my opinion, it's just truth. And you may well be making up your own definition.
My questions were-
My parents had me vaccinated, and I did the same with my children.
Would you call that "brainwashing"? Or, is it only when you disagree?
And- do you have- one- example to prove someone being "brainwashed"?

Tbh, I now think you are confusing brainwashing, with education or indoctrination etc... but do, go on.
I do try hard to frame my answers in such a way that it is clear if i am stating a fact, or an opinion.

I may not always get it right all the time, but i do make the effort.

Of course, if you want to read endless (and I mean endless!) threads where what can only ever be opinion is regularly, and tediously, presented as fact, then head over to Religion And Spirituality!
People use words like brainwashed because their words don't hold any gravity on their own so they use pointless (and often inaccurate) verbs to try and give what they're saying a bit more kick and substance.

Basically, they can't formulate a sentence but they're able to critically assess other people they've never met apart from via the interface known as AnswerBank.

He's so sure he's not brainwashed and that others are , he's managed to brainwash himself!
I think this is part of the problem, tbh. That people do use random words they've heard- but without knowing the actual meaning.
pixie //Again, TTT. It isn't my opinion, it's just truth.// No it's not the truth, it's your opinion, did you read the Smithsonian article above?
"And you may well be making up your own definition." - the definition above is from the Smithsonian article, please read it.
//My questions were-
My parents had me vaccinated, and I did the same with my children.
Would you call that "brainwashing"? Or, is it only when you disagree?// no I call that common sense.
//And- do you have- one- example to prove someone being "brainwashed"?// - See the Smithsonian article above where it not only gives the origin of the phrase but also several examples.
//Tbh, I now think you are confusing brainwashing, with education or indoctrination etc... but do, go on. // - perhaps there is overlap, which is why I asked you above to define what you think of as Brainwashing.
pixie: "I think this is part of the problem, tbh. That people do use random words they've heard- but without knowing the actual meaning. " - that is what you have been doing on this and other threads on the subject. The origin and meaning are explained in my link above.
//My parents had me vaccinated, and I did the same with my children.
Would you call that "brainwashing"? Or, is it only when you disagree?// no I call that common sense.//

And yet, when an anti-vaxxer's child got vaccinated- you described it as "failure to brainwash". My parents obviously "succeeded".
You've made it perfectly clear that you have no idea what brainwashing means or would involve. So, thanks for that, anyway.
Except they aren't... sadly, even on AB, a quick Google, rarely means understanding or education.
pixie: //"And yet, when an anti-vaxxer's child got vaccinated- you described it as "failure to brainwash". My parents obviously "succeeded". // - yes the lad had resisted successfully and managed to use common sense and logic.

//You've made it perfectly clear that you have no idea what brainwashing means or would involve. So, thanks for that, anyway.// - You are talking about yourself there, did you read the Smithsonian article?
I randomly felt the urge to listen to Bach's Toccata & Fugue the other day (I was once in Hereford Cathedral when someone was belting it out on the huge organ and it was amazing).
Bhuggah, wrong thread.
ZM, wrong thread? Welcome relief mind!
That's just your opinion tho, Tora ;-)
Many folk don't know the diff' between fact and opinion in the first place.

A fact is a statement that can be proven true or false. An opinion meanwhile, is the expression of a persons feelings that can't be proven with a true / false.

To confuse it further opinions can be based on facts (and complicated by emotions)

Add to the above that some AB'ers not having the good manners to hear the facts that they disagree with or opinions that they don't want to hear ....and it makes for the extremely long threads we all see (mainly in religion and society forum)
Because they don’t bother to check the facts. They just assume they’re right.

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