Lead by example. Misconceptions are "incorrect" views or opinions. No need to correct as they were never correct to begin with.
For me, some misconceptions should be corrected,I am saying this because based on cambridge dictionary "misconception" defines as "an idea that is wrong because it has been based on a failure to understand a situation".Thanks Dexis for your opinion.
I understand wanting to make another see that their idea is wrong, but that is why I say to lead by example. An opinion won't change until the other is willing to see the error and change it. You can offer new info but they must be open to accept it
Thank you Dexis.I really appreciate that.Now, I am clear as crystal water.
The biggest thing is to accept the fact that there are misconceptions in this world. Once you accept this, half of the problem gets solved! The rest will be corrected by Time itself...
It depends on whether its a personal misconception (about you) or a general misconception (about the world). One is easy to correct using direct evidence the other is much harder to correct.
First and foremost one must convince all parties concerned that all findings or conceptions must be supported by quantitative evidence. Once this has indeed been accepted (by all concerned) misconceptions become subject to correction by quantitative evidence.
You go after them like a dog. Don't be "in your face" about it. What I mean is that in your everyday life - your *every* *day* life, you find opportunities - take opportunities - to correct these fallacies and false assumptions. Bear witness to the truth. It needs our help for sure!
Here's what I suggest:
First, check one's own ideas against facts and other views, finding and eliminating our own misconceptions.
Second, if someone else might have a misconception, don't assume they are in error. Ask them to explain what they mean, and listen. There are two reasons for this. First, maybe you misunderstood them, and they don't have a misconception. People don't like being told they're wrong when they are right! Second, everyone wants to be listened to. Listen first, and they are more likely to listen to you.
Third, find out if they are open to the possibility of being wrong. If not, then, out of respect for the other person, do not try to correct them. When a person is not open to learning through words, he or she should be allowed to learn through experience. (Unless, of course, the person is putting himself or someone else in danger. My dad, coming back from another country, was driving on the wrong side of the road. I corrected his misconception - fast!
Fourth, if the person is open, explain your view, and give them a reference to a factual source they can see for themselves. If it's complicated, explain it out step by step.
I find this works really well.
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