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Analyze the relationship as it has developed over time.Think back and remember how your relationship with this person came into existence. An ideologue will at first seem genuinely interested in your opinions and might truly understand them, but over time will become impatient with you once realizing that you are not going to convert from yours without serious consideration. An ideologue often has what could be called amissionary complex-- they seem determined to convert others to their viewpoint regardless of the cost.
Check attitudes on opposing viewpoints.There is no such thing as compromise with an ideologue. Generally, an ideologue doesn't understand the concept ofagree to disagree. To use a cliché, an ideologue sees everything in a black and white contrast with few if any shades of gray.
- Deliberatelybring up a known opponent of the person's views, and see what is the thinking about them. If what one tells you sounds hard to believe, then conduct a fact check and see whether it's true. If it isn't, there is resorting topersonal smearsandnot actual facts. This is an excellent sign of being an ideologue, since it shows being more committed to converting others to ones viewpoint than to having a fair and fact-based discussion of the issue at hand.
Reflect on his/her communication habits.An ideologue will seem well versed in whatever belief system this person is committed to, and will often quote facts and statistics as if they are rehearsed. Even if you do have information to back your ideas, an ideologue will present ideas in a manner that prevents you from presenting yours: they will cut off your side of the conversation, for example.
- Sometimes an ideologue will start a discussion in a deliberately provocative manner to get you upset. This is because they know that it will be much more difficult for you to respond calmly once they have upset you, and this will limit your chances of looking fair-minded. Ideologues neverfight fairly, and this is because of valuing winning the argument over having a fair exchange of ideas.
Think about how ideas are presented.An ideologue will often present their ideas and opinions as material facts, regardless whether there is evidence to the contrary. They also will start with discussions gently, but as time goes on, they may become more and more aggressive.
- Ask them where they get the information on current events in the field of what you are discussing. If it's exclusively from sources that you now know for their consistent (hidden or explicit) bias, then there simply is not much respect for media and others who do not explicitly agree with their viewpoint.
QuestionHow is an ideologue different from a fanatic or fundamentalist?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere isn’t much difference. All are dogmatic and hell bent on their beliefs. They are not open to considering broader points of view. There is no truth to right or wrong. The only consideration is imposing their dogma.Thanks!
QuestionWill any human ever have absolute knowledge about any matter causing a negative impact on this planet and life forms on this planet? Can such a preposition/ statement be correct always?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. It is not possible to know everything about that matter, as people experience it in different ways. If it is currently happening, there will be other developments too.Thanks!
QuestionWhat would be the opposite of an ideologue?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSomeone who does not believe in anything, or someone whose is easily influenced by the opinions of others.Thanks!
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- There is nothing wrong with being devoted or passionate about your beliefs. The difference is that a passionate person canunderstand objections to ones ideas, and canresist the temptation to bring up the issueknowing that you are likely to disagree. An ideologue won't do either of these things.
- Ideologues can be extremely inconsistent. They will play theends justify the meanscard, if it justifies their position -- but will deplore it when opponents use it, for example.
- Ideologues usually do not discuss a hot topic positively: instead of building one's own principles, the ideologue will attack yours. It can be easier to know what an ideologuedoesn'tbelieve than what onedoesbelieve.
- There are many ways to end a relationship with an ideologue: simplyfade outfrom the other's life, write a letter, or verbally explain that the relationship is over, and leave immediately.
- Some ideologues rely on logical fallacies, a list of which can be found in Wikipedia's "List of fallacies" at .
- You won't win the argument. If you don't want to slam the door and end the relationship, the easy path is toplay dumbwhen a hot topic is brought up. Regardless of how many facts you give, this person will always be convinced of being right, and that you're either misguided (if there is hope that you might give in) or wrong (if the sense is that you've rejected the ideas). As one ideologue said,"Always remember, you're smart, but I'm right."
- You might try the therapist path with the techniques of nonviolent communication,repeating back points patiently, trying to make them feel heard.
- The cat-with-a-mouse path is to take their position and pull them further than they want to go: "Did Jesus give up possessions; can you talk about what He said about poverty?" (Keep in mind that a possible problem with this approach is that there will be efforts to pull it back his or her way, and often simply tossing your question aside as if it is not even worth considering.)
- It can be hard to pick up on an ideologue at first, but it will be obvious once irritated by your rejection of this ideology.
- Beverycareful, if the ideologue wants to restart the relationship after you have ended it. If this person did not cause many problems in your life, then make an exception, so give another chance, and see whether the approach to ideas has changed. Otherwise, err on the side of caution.
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