Can you dislike someone only through hearsay?

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  1. Sky9106 profile image71
    Sky9106posted 7 years ago

    Can you dislike someone only through hearsay?

    Without knowing, seeing someone or hearing words from that person's mouth, should you decide that you don't like them?

  2. Dardia profile image75
    Dardiaposted 7 years ago

    You can, unfortunately. This is why gossip and belittling, or "bearing false witness" is so harmful. If you tell someone about another whom you have had a negative encounter with, when the two meet there will be preconceived opinion on the part of the one who you told your story to.

  3. Doc Snow profile image93
    Doc Snowposted 7 years ago

    Well, I dislike President Jackson for instituting the "Trail of Tears" back in the 1830s, among other (and sometimes even worse) historical villains, so clearly I *can* dislike them through what might, loosely at least, be called 'hearsay.'

    Not sure whether I 'should'--certainly my dislikes don't make much difference in such a case!

  4. Richard Sirota profile image61
    Richard Sirotaposted 7 years ago

    You do yourself a grave disservice an similarly a disservice to the person in question to formulate an opinion based solely upon the reactions of a third party. Even if you know the third party you must realize that everyone has his or her own adgenda and baggage to strain things through.The best decision making comes from getting to know the party in question and decide for yourself. One man's junk is another's treasure!

  5. Attikos profile image74
    Attikosposted 7 years ago

    You can't dislike anyone unless you personally know him. You can dislike his general reputation, or specific things you hear about him, but that's not the same thing.

  6. jazirhaneef profile image61
    jazirhaneefposted 7 years ago

    No, never. To dislike someone for something we need to be sure about the matter not by just hearsay.


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