Monday, November 8, 2021

Behavior and Insight: Facts vs. Emotions

Facts vs. Emotions

The main difference between facts and emotions is that facts are objective while emotions are subjective. Both facts and emotions can affect our behaviors and change how we act toward others. Facts can drive a conversation and allow people to connect on a logical level. Emotions are involved in everything we do, but sometimes they can affect our behavior and the information we discuss. 

Any social situation is most likely driven with emotions.  Sometimes, these emotions can cause facts to be ignored or misconstrued. For example, a male speaker may not be taken seriously at a feminist rally, or a group of teachers may not listen to a group of school board members. When you recognize that emotions may be driving the situation, reflect back on the situation and rediscover the facts. You may have to be a leader in the group and remind everyone to focus on the facts and set the emotions aside.

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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