Why Controversial Topics are Difficult to Discuss | How to Open Up and Talk About Your Beliefs

Controversial topics are difficult to discuss as they tend to be things that are very passionate to people and they have a very strong opinions on. By getting educated and listening to both side that agree and disagree with our beliefs, as well as having a mature debate, you can step up for what you believe in.

—CHAPTERS—
3:29 – Talking About Your Beliefs
6:23 – My Views
7:35 – Conclusion

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Table of Contents

    Introduction

    Do you find it difficult to open up about your beliefs due to criticism? Why is that and how can you learn to speak freely about what you believe in? Let’s talk about that now.

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    Hi everyone! We are going to be discussing controversial topics, why they are difficult to talk about, and how you can open up and talk about them. What makes a topic controversial? Mostly it is views that people have that there are many different opposing views. It tends to be things that are very passionate to people and they have a very strong opinion on, like a concrete belief where you cannot move it or change it. Things such as political beliefs, religious beliefs, health and safety, social justice, and so on are just a few examples. But, is anyone really right or wrong with these topics? The problem is that many people with these strong beliefs will try to force this belief on others, will not listen to anything outside what they know, and deny other views exist. Due to this extreme reaction by some individuals, there are people who have shied away from talking about these things they are passionate about.

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    Whatever you believe in, you have the right to share it. No one should stop you from expressing what you believe, even if it’s the unpopular opinion. However, there is a responsible way to voice your opinion. If you are going around telling people what they should and shouldn’t do, shaming others into siding with you, not listening to the opposing views, then you are doing more harm than good when it comes to your beliefs.

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    Opposing views are important to listen to, even if you don’t agree with them. The act of rejecting new information, denying it, and using information as proof for not agreeing with other views, is all a state of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias. I have talked about this and will have an annotation and a link in the description for you to check that video out. [Cognitive Dissonance] It’s the opposing views that allow us to learn and grow. Without views that are opposite ours, we would never learn since we would essentially live in our own world where only our views and ideas are true and exist.

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    So, the reason then why some individuals have such a difficult time expressing their views is due to the harsh reaction by their friends, family, and anyone who disagrees. We may become silent over things that we are passionate about, that may be widely accepted, that we disagree with. We become silent and censored so we avoid offending others, and/or being criticized harshly and shamed for our beliefs.

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    So how then can we actually open up about our beliefs and share them? Let’s talk about that now.


    Talking About Your Beliefs

    To open up and share what you truly believe you have to realize what your views are. Your true, genuine beliefs. Not beliefs that you acquired from online resources or news media, friends or family. No, your real, true beliefs. How do you feel about the topic at hand? We are easily manipulated and gullible and believe just anything, and thus these third-party sources control our thoughts. An example would be when reading an article or watching a video and then reading the comments and it changes our mind. How many times has that happened to you?

    Get educated and listen to both sides. As was mentioned earlier, when you are doing your research, read about both sides. You would be surprised how often we, when reading or listening to something we disagree with, just shut it off and go elsewhere. Either that, or we may be viewing it in such a way that the information doesn’t sink in. While viewing the media that disagrees with our beliefs, we may be constantly thinking to ourselves, “That’s not right because of this and that.” And if this were to actually be a live conversation with another individual, it would be us not listening, but rather waiting for our turn to speak our views. We have to listen and become educated on both sides.

    You will receive criticism, so learn to take it maturely. By fighting back, getting loud and argumentative, and essentially dismissing what the other person says entirely, then you would need to find some peace when talking about what you believe in. The reason we tend to get defensive is because someone is challenging what we are passionate about. We don’t like that. We don’t like to be wrong. But, that is the point of a debate. A debate doesn’t have to be a fight.

    And lastly, if you find it hard to talk about things due to shame, then learn to rationalize that shame. There should be no shame involved when you speak about a topic since that implies that you feel it is wrong. Rather, feel the confidence of your beliefs. Make your voice heard and make a difference.

    With these steps, you can voice your opinions and beliefs. If you have any other input on this topic, I would love to hear it so please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you agree or disagree with, and/or how this has helped you or someone close to you.


    My Views

    I thought I’d talk a little bit about my own beliefs, or rather how I can talk about controversial topics. If you are new to my content or have been around awhile, I’m sure you can tell that I touch on very sensitive topics. I talk about things most people don’t. Taboo topics are not off limits to me and I have shared much of my experiences and simply tell it how it is. But, this trait I have didn’t come about overnight. It took courage to stand up and face the crowd. I was putting information online that anyone had access to, including the haters. I’ve had my fair share of hate and negativity. Being in the position I am in, I’ve learned to deal with the negativity and take it for what it is, either constructive criticism or pure hatred and negativity that I can simply let go of. Regardless of what it is, I managed to sort it all out and am at a place where I can listen to the opposing views and take what I need from it.


    Conclusion

    In conclusion, controversial topics are difficult to discuss as they tend to be things that are very passionate to people and they have a very strong opinions on. By getting educated and listening to both side that agree and disagree with our beliefs, as well as having a mature debate, you can step up for what you believe in. I hope this information was informative and helpful to you. Have a wonderful day!

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    Notes

    Due to many recent events in society and hearing so many topics being discussed that people are often criticized for sharing, I knew I had to talk about controversial topics. I’ve found that many people who discussed these topics often come from a biased point of view. How could someone not seeing as how they have their own opinions and views on what is right and wrong and everyone else is wrong for their freedom of opinion. Nevertheless, I realized this was why people hesitate to open up about very sensitive topics, because they fear the harsh reaction of their critics. A debate is one thing, but a fight and forcing others to adopt your point of view is another.