Mandy Kloppers

Fact versus opinion

We tend to believe every thought we have is true. However, thoughts are NOT facts. While some thoughts we have may be factual (eg. I failed the test), others may not (eg. I am dumb).

These non factual thoughts are opinions. This blog post can help you to practice differentiating between facts and opinions.

Which of these are fact, which are opinion?

I’m dumb

I’m unattractive

I failed the exam

I have no friends

Nobody likes me

I’m a selfish person

This will be a disaster

I will fail the test

I’m not good enough

I’m overweight

I am single

I will be single forever

My family is disappointed in me

I dislike my job

I’m not good at my job

If you’ve read through the above, you’ll see that it isn’t always that straightforward to know which are fact and which are opinion. Add to that the busy lives we lead, the emotions we experience as well as information overload and it’s easy to see how we can believe opinions and upset ourselves over inaccurate thoughts.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a great way to become more accustomed to knowing the difference and finding it easier to dismiss opinion. We are dancing a dangerous game if we are ‘passive receptacles’ to all of our thoughts. Knowing which thoughts to take less seriously is a hugely beneficial mental skill that can keep you happier, more optimistic and at peace.

Mandy X



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