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Why Subjectivity Is Good

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Why Subjectivity Is Good

If you have a rebellious streak and you feel that facts get in the way of your wants or needs, this article is made specially for you to enjoy the beauty of subjectivity. Subjectivity generally means "based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions."

We follow guidelines as to what is right or wrong but don't forget that life is full of uncertainties and we are left to our own discretion to finalize decisions. It is when these uncertainties come, that we have the opportunity to utilize subjectivity.

If you think subjectivity is an ambiguous subject which only produces unreliable results, I have listed reasons as to why subjectivity is sometimes good!

Initiative

In the event of subjectivity, we are forced to think it through and perhaps find out more from sources of information to back up our answers. By collecting evidence from different sources of information, we can evaluate them and select the most appropriate shreds of evidence rather than revolving around one known fact which could just be getting the gist of something or fixated ideas.

I believe that with the initiative to discover more, we are provided with a sense of purpose. If we rely on existing facts alone, we may be too satisfied and miss out on other evidence.

Full Of Surprises

Subjectivity causes us to speculate what is right or wrong. By speculating, we think of possible answers which allow us to develop thinking skills and be surprised by the different answers we come up with. We can be ignorant of facts but as the saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss”.

I think that it is nice to have surprises every once in a while rather than knowing some facts and having expectations. It also gives us a chance to learn from our mistakes if our answers are opposed by facts.

Full Of Surprises

Full Of Surprises

Decision Making

The process of making decisions involves choosing the best option in terms of advantages and disadvantages. In addition, decision making includes following your instinct which means whether we feel it is right or wrong to proceed with the decision and this is subjective.

Sometimes, the mind and heart do not go hand in hand. It could be that our decision initially appeared to be the best but we were not comfortable with the idea in the end and this instinct can save us from making decisions not suited to our taste.

Enhances Creativity

There is no single way of bringing about creativity. Creativity cannot be forced as we are not dealing with facts but there are a number of subjective ways to kick off creativity such as emotions. Believe or not, the one thing that can be our weakness and strength is emotion. We can turn our emotions into works of art like lyrics of a song, poetry, stories and paintings. These works of art are really just our feelings transformed into different forms.

Enhances Creativity

Enhances Creativity

Flexibility

To put items into categories according to the exact same type are based on facts hence limit the flexibility of movement between items. Nevertheless, looking from a subjective point of view, items of a similar nature can be put into the same category even though they are not of the same type.

For example, determined, stubborn and persistent are not exactly the same meaning but can be bundled together because they are synonyms. By knowing similarities, we can use items of similar nature within the same context. This brings flexibility to our lives.

Accuracy

Some games have the objectives of aiming at a target or shooting goals, all of which require subjective estimations. As a result, we have to use our own judgments to achieve the objectives which in turn trains us to be more accurate at aiming at the right time. This would involve proper coordination of our hands, body and legs. It is like putting things in order after you have made a mess.

Accuracy

Accuracy

Rapport

A subjective topic requires discussions to further understanding the topic. This will be an opportunity for relationships to be maintained and developed. Discussions can involve a diverse group of people with different experiences and backgrounds and this gives rise to new perspectives. Furthermore, this would reduce misunderstandings.

Common Traits

We can say that a job requires a certain set of personality traits as it is a fact but we cannot say that none of those personality traits can be applied elsewhere. We can use our own judgement to find common traits. For example, the detail-oriented trait accountants use to obtain accurate records applies to artists too. Artists have to be detail-oriented in order paint the fine details. You can challenge the traits asked by the job requirements by taking up a hobby which has common traits.

Being Prepared

The likely outcome of a risk materialising is measured using estimates. Although we cannot predict the actual outcome, knowing the probabilities in advance will prepare us for the worst case scenario. An example of this is weather forecast. Even if you hold an umbrella during a sunny day anticipating rain, you can rest assured that you are ready for the rain to pour at any time.

Being Prepared

Being Prepared

I think I am, therefore, I am...I think.

— George Carlin

© 2018 Li-Jen Hew

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