When a judge in a court makes a decision on legal issues in dispute she or he considers many things depending on the situation. It may be the relevant case law, statutes, written and oral evidence provided, witness statements, and other information. Decisions judges make are not always straightforward, and sometimes we may be shocked at their determinations on cases.
When we, who are not judges, make judgments about other people, we do so with far less data. That is, we often do so as a consequence of our reaction to something the person says or does that insults, offends, and hurts us. At these times, we also rely on a range of other sorts of information to make our judgments. This may include our histories and emotional experience with the other person and possibly others who provoke us in the same or similar ways. Our biases, our self-esteem and self-confidence, our motives, a tendency to blame or to feel victimized, gossip, and so on all figure in how we reach our opinions.
The thing about making opinions about others is they can easily lead to unnecessary conflict and internal discord. They taint our interactions with the person we are judging and ultimately, reflect poorly on us. This is not to say that all judgments are incorrect. It does suggest though that they may be based on assumptions and perceptions that are not always based in reality.
This week’s ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) blog explores judgments you are making about another person that has resulted in lack of harmony between you and unrest within yourself.
What other ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) may you add here?
Originally posted on www.cinergycoaching.com/blog/