Someone you don’t know too well is telling you an emotionally charged story about what happened to them. They go into great details and you’re starting to empathize and relate to what they’re feeling. As you listen you think, “if this happened to me I’d be furious”.
The more you hear the worse it gets and you can’t even imagine why anyone would treat a person such a way. Have you ever been in this position?
When you hear the unbelievable details and your emotions connect with the victim telling their story do you think about the other side of the story that’s not being told? Some people don’t stop to think about the fact that there’s two, and maybe more sides to every story.
I have seen this happen so many times. This is how people unfairly get bad reputations. One person invests their time telling anyone who will agree about the way they were mistreated. Meanwhile, the listeners are not exercising good critical thinking skills. In this case good critical thinking would lead a person to think about the credibility of the source (the one talking), the credibility of the person being talked about (behind his/her back mind you), and also, the fact that there’s more to be told if you really want to make a fair assessment. You MUST hear the other side of the story before you will know that your assessment is accurate or warranted.
Put yourself in this example as the perpetrator. It’s sad but true that if I looked up your Facebook or your business website and decided to talk horribly about you on my site, a lot of followers would buy into it and begin to judge you.
What I’m encouraging you to do is, as a critical thinker, always wait until you hear both sides of a story before you’re convinced that you can make an accurate judgement on the situation.
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