We tread the line between opinion and judgment a lot in social media. Some are quick to call out others as being “too judgmental” when their own beliefs or opinions are being challenged. There’s no point in getting all bent out of shape over something as seemingly mundane as text on a screen, especially when we are putting our thoughts out there to be judged in the first place. Yet there is still some question as to how one should present themselves in a way that is both unaggressive and adds to the conversation.

The only difference between a judgment and an opinion is the existence of evidence to support an opinion therefore making it final or absolute. There is nothing wrong with a judgment of this type, however, the problem arises when we judge others in an aggressive tone.

Opinion: You might get more readers if you improved on the quality of your writing.
Judgement: You are not getting a lot of readers because of the quality of your writing.
Aggressive Judgement: Your content sucks so you are not getting any readers.

Opinions usually leave room for error in your thought process therefore leaving the recipient a little more at ease. Sometimes it’s as easy as adding words like might, i think, probably, maybe, etc. It seems kind of silly, but in a space where it’s so hard to express tone, it’s important to express these emotions through words.

So, in my opinion, the line between opinion and judgment is when we use an aggressive, absolute tone while expressing one’s thoughts. I personally don’t have a problem with judgments because I can see them for what they are … opinions expressed as facts. For the rest of the world, accept the fact that you might not know everything and leave some room for doubt. Doubt is ultimately what pushes us to explore further into our minds, and is there anything wrong with that?

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  • notbetterthanu

    I am often told “Do not judge”. I feel that I am not a judgmental person! I feel that I am very accepting of others, their backgrounds and their choices. For example, I recently commented “If I were that father, I would be pretty angry with the mother”. To which I was told “Don’t judge”. I did not make a negative comment about the mother or her ability to parent. Nor did I make a negative comment about how the father appeared to be responding to the situation. I feel that I was simply commenting that if I were in that situation, I would be upset by the mother’s role in the problem that arose (as stated by both the child and the father). Please help me to understand how others perceive opinions vs. judgments.

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  • Mark

    Ok, I like where you have gone with this. I also would like to contribute by stating my “Opinion”. Everyone has an opinion, and many of those who have a clear understanding how to express an opinion without drawing their readers into the belief that they are dictating their view will spur good conversation. It’s not always necessary to go too far. Good writing leaves open to opportunity for the reader to form their own opinion. Remember that opinion is made up of ones own life experiences, knowledge, and environmental influence. Judgement is far less flexible, is made from facts and rules, and a high percentage of those who form a judgment from the same set of variables (the facts and rules) should result in the same conclusion. Simply said, Judgement is not often open to Opinion. So I agree, for engaging communication we should strive to leave plenty of room for opinions, encourage the voicing of opinions, and not restrict ourselves by rules and facts…the place for that is in Law and who wants to go there, that’s not very fun…just my opinion.