What’s the Difference Between Opinion and Judgment?

December 13, 2022

What’s the Difference Between Opinion and Judgment?

May 29, 2023

As we age, many of us become more discerning. We believe our metabolized experience has built an unfailing intuition that serves as a wise editor.

But when are we wise, and when are we prejudiced? Here’s my read on the difference between an opinion and a judgment.

An opinion is a form of judgment, but it is open to revision based on introducing new information (which always takes knowledge and wisdom). On the other hand, a judgment is an opinion that’s unbendable based on new information. Note: Pride and ego accelerate the microwaving of a judgment.

So, the next time you find yourself arguing a point, ask yourself whether you’re open to a different perspective or new facts. If you are, you hold an opinion that can be malleable. A good sign that you’re on the road to wisdom is when you’re open-minded enough to change your opinion. If you aren’t open to new facts, you represent a growing portion of the population clinging to their judgment as if it’s a life preserver.

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