We’re very committed to our beliefs – so committed, that oftentimes presenting facts that contradict us backfires, and we hold our positions even stronger.
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people were presented with corrected facts, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Much hinged on (1) how firmly held the beliefs are in the first place and (2) the way the corrected information is presented.
[that all men are created equal]
How irritating…yet, how true. Many times I bite my lip waiting for someone to “get it” or growl in frustration when another fails to accept confirmed facts. The thing most difficult for me to accept is another person’s freedom to follow their heart, even if it means being wrong.
[that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights]
Recently, I heard a friend begin a conversation with, “I give myself permission to….” Hearing this, I also gave my permission – a space where he was free to speak, unconcerned for right and wrong, exploring personal understanding.
[that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness]
This moment taught me the patience to let people (myself and others) become, each at their own pace; the importance of developing the heart, the inner voice of personal wisdom and guidance; and the gift of being present to becoming.
The heart, first of all, is an integral way of knowing where intellect, intuition, feeling, imagination, and will come together. Anonymous
Boston Globe article from 2010 describing the University of Michigan study and how we stay entrenched in our beliefs (read article).