6 Most Damaging Human Fallacies

6 Most Damaging Human Fallacies

Can humanity grow out of these mistakes?
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No one is perfect and as a species, neither is humanity perfect. We all struggle along the path of life, using our own beliefs and the help of others to aid us along the way. But here are the most common slip-ups humanity makes as a whole that almost always end in disaster.

1) Trying to save face

Both individuals and institutions use this one. After a mishap occurs, people will stop at nothing to try and cover it up. We are so used to pretending to be flawless that we do not feel comfortable being open and honest about mistakes and wrongdoings. It is mostly for the sake of reputations why these cover-ups continue to happen. However, saving face actually stunts human growth because it prevents others from learning how to avoid damaging mistakes. It also hurts the victims of these mistakes or wrongdoings.

Former USA gymnast Kaylin Brietzke was sexually abused by her gymnastics coach at age seven said: “It doesn’t matter who you’re protecting, it doesn’t matter that they’re part of your organization and you wanna save face …how about saving me?” Brietzke said.

2) Disdain of dissent

Facebook comments are the best testament to the fact that people cannot even tolerate, much less maturely respond, to opinions opposite theirs. I believe this is a growing problem that wedges deeper divides between people. Especially, now with personalized Google results, advertisements, and news tailor-made to fit our personal preferences, people may find it harder to be tolerant of the opinions of others. We fail to realize that dissent allows us to think more clearly about our own opinions and see sides to things we may not have seen before.

3) Disdain of change

Human love of comfort and disdain of change is another big fallacy. We get so comfortable in society and in our own lives that we tend to settle for less when we could be striving and achieving more. The disdain of change makes us sit by and allow unjust things to happen simply because of tradition. We should not always make the past a precedent for the future. We should make the past a lesson and move forward.

4) “Victimization”

I am internalizing the definition of victimization to mean viewing oneself as a victim and making decisions or living one’s life based on that belief or recognition. I am not implying that victims make up their situations or that they are not truly victims. There are many people who have been victimized by horrible acts done to them by other human beings. What I am saying is that in order to free yourself from the bondage of what has been done to you, you must rise out of that mold. Do not view yourself as a victim, but as a survivor, as a person who can and who will overcome the challenges before you. The latter way of thinking is life-changing.

5) On the flip side, victim blaming

Victim blaming happens a bit still, as people somehow come up with the idea that if someone is victimized that it is their fault, either for being at a certain place at a certain time, for certain person life choices, for their appearance, etc. This phenomenon is one reason some people are embarrassed to report rape and other horrible things they go through. They fear that people may believe that they are lying or that they, the victim, were in the wrong.

6) Giving away our free will

At the beginning of our lives, our parents or guardians are our voice and will. Up until a certain age, they hold most control over the decisions we make. Surprisingly enough, there are adults who give their free will away to other people. This is especially the case in some adult relationships. The individuals involved allow the other person to dictate the what, how and when of what they do. People also give away their free will when they lack confidence in themselves so much that they ask others opinions on everything they do.

Everyone seeks validation from others, whether peers, close friends, or a significant other. However, we must realize that we risk benefiting from healthy lives when we commit these human fallacies.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.

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Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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