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3,011 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by jusork

Is the best way to form good opinions done by thinking in groups?


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16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 2/9/06 - 11:47:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
People tend to go with what other people think, rather than what they actually think.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 2/9/06 - 12:08:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. Just falling into lockstep with ones peers is lazy. The best way to form opinions is to research the subject and try to see it from every angle. After careful consideration, any conclusions drawn should be done by ONESELF.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 4/8/06 - 1:34:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know. So often we don't realize things or don't see things completely enough. Our rationalization can be so incomplete or shortsided sometimes. I think it's certainly good to listen to other's input on your thoughts. And sometimes we start to think of soething in extremes and have to be reigned back in to fairness.

But I understand that we'll often agree with people when facts seem right but actually aren't because we just don't realize what we don't understand but think we do.

16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 4/8/06 - 4:06:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
A lot of people - especially students - go out of their way to agree with an opinion, particularly if the opinion isn't too far away from their own (but still different). The only way this would be a problem is if someone in the group had a polar opposite opinion.

In any case, individual is the only way to go, because if you can form a coherent idea from a subject through research (like Songseeker suggested), you come off as much more knowledgeable and can better defend yourself.

Generally, in a group of, we'll say, five people, the opinion is only really held and known by one, possibly two people. The others don't know anything about it and thus can't defend it (which obviously becomes a problem if a teacher or someone asks them about it).

16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 4/8/06 - 4:08:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can't think in a group.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 4/8/06 - 4:16:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
It can be, as you can bounce ideas off of each other.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 4/14/06 - 9:12:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
New ideas yes, good opinions no.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 4/14/06 - 9:18:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ugh, no.

I like to think by myself.

16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 4/20/06 - 11:17:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2/9/2006 11:47:04 AM Ignorance wrote:
People tend to go with what other people think, rather than what they actually think.

That's what I was going to say. When with others, people tend to deviate from their own true beliefs and compromise the best aspects of their opinions.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 5/30/06 - 12:00:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/14/2006 9:13:00 PM dericon wrote:
New ideas yes, good opinions no.

Agreed. In a group discussion, repartee tends to prevail over thinking. Moreover, charismatic / extravert people tend to have the last word, even though their argument is not necessarily the best.

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 5/30/06 - 9:51:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think the best way to form opinions is to have all the facts.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 6/20/06 - 6:36:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah. Group opinions are the best.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/10/06 - 4:44:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah I think so.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/24/06 - 6:46:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think so because then you can get so many different points of views.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 12/21/06 - 3:25:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess because then with shared views you wouldnt be apt to be as close minded
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 12/21/06 - 3:28:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
thats ok i guess but i have my own opinion..
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 12/21/06 - 3:53:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not at all. People could be agreeing to the dumbest thing, just because of one or two charismatic members of that group.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 2/4/07 - 9:11:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like to hear other people's opinions, but I have to decide things for myself.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 2/4/07 - 9:13:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd rather come to a conclusion alone and then hear others' opinions on it later, to see if we match or not. If theirs is better, I won't hesitate to take that position
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 2/5/07 - 9:24:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, sometimes. I like to hear other people's opinions.



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