Against Popular Belief

When you hang out with different groups of people, it can be easy to find someone in that group that touts an opinion that is popular with others that you don’t agree with. You may not know how to approach this issue, and you may feel uncomfortable with the topic if you are the only one that doesn’t agree with it. So, how do you approach this situation without causing too much chaos? How do you stand up for what you believe? Though the answers to these questions may be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.

1. Listen to the topic without feeling forced to agree.

Even if you don’t agree on a topic that is popular with those around you, you can take the time to listen to the reasoning behind their beliefs. If someone asks you what your opinion is on the topic, politely tell him or her that you aren’t in agreement with the subject and attempt to change the conversation.

2. Stand up for yourself.

If the people that don’t agree with you are angry that you don’t agree with their opinions, be respectful, but stand up for yourself. You are the one that determines your beliefs and what you do about these beliefs. If things begin to get out of hand, remove yourself from the situation.

3. Reconsider your company.

If you feel like you are going to walk into a situation where your beliefs and those of others will immediately conflict and you don’t feel like there is anything you can do to prevent it from happening, then hang out with different people. You don’t have to go into a situation that is tense. Instead, find a different group to spend your time with.

Not everyone is going to have the same opinions or beliefs on a topic, but you shouldn’t feel pressured to give up how you feel because those around you feel differently. Instead, be respectful. Try to change the subject, and if all else fails, find a different group.


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