Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and each week we’ll be sharing her PT blog posts here. Enjoy!

Like everyone, I have opinions about all sorts of things based on my worldview and beliefs, and occasionally I’ll catch myself expressing an impassioned opinion and realize I haven’t really done thorough research to validate it. I haven’t collected credible evidence or sought out divergent viewpoints.

Have you ever had this insight about yourself and your opinions? Do you ever notice that you’re treating statements as fact that you don’t actually know for certain are true?

Maybe you’ve shared something as “truth” from a not-known-for-its-objectivity news source.

Or a Facebook meme.

Or a statistic with no citation.

Or a new dietary or health claim.

How can we do due diligence before making statements and spreading potentially fallacious or misleading information?

How can we stop ourselves before we present our opinions and beliefs as facts?

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