When Can You Believe What You Are Told?



 Author:  John D. Thomas 26 August 2017 Copyright 2017

Today we are bombarded by an endless stream of information, opinions, and gossip. And everyone seems to join in… family, friends, co-workers, subject matter experts, the media, and God forbid… celebrities and politicians. How can we distinguish between reliable information and that which is just opinion or even outright false? 


Use these guidelines for discerning the truth:

  • First, identify your own pre-existing biases and beliefs. (Don’t let them cloud your judgment.) 
  • Is the information being presented demonstrably true?
  • Are there verifiable facts supporting the information?
  • Is the information coming from an emotional or a factual perspective?
  • Does the source of the information have a history for being reliable?


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Very often, facts can be unsettling. When this happens, we are challenged to examine and question our own beliefs and perspectives. And this is a good thing because you can’t change and improve what you don’t first notice. Questioning long-held biases and beliefs is not always easy. But anytime you are able to dispel flawed biases and let go of false beliefs, you free yourself to deal with reality from a position of strength. 

If you want to live a happier, more rewarding life, then you must commit yourself to seeking and embracing truth. This takes courage.

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