Updated: Aug 11
Knowing the difference between facts and one’s own feelings and beliefs may be difficult. We tend to regard our feelings as facts rather than opinions. There is a possibility that an individual has a perspective of a situation resulting in what is a fact or a version of a non-true fact. Many of our convictions can be formed through the synthesis of factual evidence and our subjective interpretations of values, feelings, tastes, and past experiences. Therefore, most statements we make in speaking and writing are assertions of fact, feelings, beliefs, or prejudice.
People's beliefs, emotions, and facts are all interconnected in multiple ways according to cognitive theory. Understanding how certain thoughts lead to certain feelings is a widely used aspect of cognitive restructuring. We must learn to differentiate between facts, feelings, and beliefs.
A fact can either be proven true or false. It can be verified. Researching the evidence can help us figure out whether it's true. There may be numbers, dates, or documents involved in such a discussion. It is certain that the fact is beyond argument if the measurement devices, records, or memories used were accurate. Facts are key to the assertion of any argument. Although facts are immaterial by themselves without contextual knowledge, meaning can be derived from them.
Feelings are conscious experiences. However, not all conscious experiences, such as seeing or believing, are feelings. Feelings may not always correspond to realistic measures. It is essential that you communicate your feelings and make rational decisions to guide your personal growth. Many people are so immersed in their feelings that they miss out on the facts. If a person believes their feelings are true, even if evidence indicates otherwise, his or her emotions might rule out facts. Therefore, it is important to recognize your feelings in order to differentiate fact from opinion.
A belief may refer to a commitment derived from one's religious or moral convictions. The facts and other evidence are often lacking in statements such as "Capital punishment is legalized murder" because they express viewpoints, but they are not supported by any evidence or facts. Their legitimacy cannot be questioned or disproved rationally or logically. Because belief is inarguable, it cannot serve as a thesis in a formal argument. You can, however, use emotional appeals if you know that your audience shares your beliefs.
Hopefully, this article will help you to be on the right track for finding the difference between facts, feelings, and beliefs.