I am really upset that President Trump is backing out of the Paris Accord. I believe global warming is a very current, very important issue that should be discussed. Everyone has different opinions, however, which I respect. Some people might not think the Paris Accord is as important as I think it is. On Friday, I had a discussion with one of those people. A person in my class said his/her opinion was that global warming was not real, was not happening, and didn't need to be addressed. This person then told me the Paris Accord wasn't important either. A bell went off in my head, saying: "This person has the stupidest opinion and they're WRONG." I told him/her "Your opinion is your opinion is your opinion, and my opinion is my opinion." The conversation ended at that, and I felt guilty for thinking that the person's opinion was stupid, because like I said, I respect other people's opinions. I did some research, and found something called the "backfire effect." This is when someone is provided with evidence that goes against their beliefs, but they reject the evidence and continue to believe. There is a lot of evidence of climate change, but you can choose to believe it or not. I still think global warming is an important issue, and the person in my class still thinks it is not. I've found the backfire effect in a few more instances since my interaction on Friday, and realize how peculiar it is, and how strong people's core beliefs can be. I encourage everyone to realize the backfire effect. It's hard to change, because it's how your brain is made. Even though we are all hard-wired with the backfire effect, it opened my mind and I see different opinions in a new light.
Are your brothers gross too? - Ruby Hi, Ruby! I only have one brother, but I’m lucky—he’s usually not too gross. :) I do also have three sisters, however, and between my total four siblings, I can definitely sympathize with being frustrated by siblings, at least on a more generic level. I’m not sure if you’re asking for specific advice, but as it happens, I actually wrote a blog post several months ago all about having siblings! If you’d like to give that a read, you can find it by clicking…Read more…
My friends are talking about really mature topics lately, and I still don't like to talk about that, even though I'm the same age as them. My friends are usually great, but now they're making me feel slightly uncomfortable and out of place. What should I do? - Anonymous First of all, know that you’re definitely not the only person who’s not always entirely uncomfortable with very “mature” topics! Notwithstanding your age, different people have different comfort levels on different things. Not…Read more…
2018 is here, and many girls have made New Year's Resolutions. It's easy and fun to make resolutions, but it's much harder to keep them throughout the year. Whenever I make New Year's Resolutions, I always write them on a piece of paper and hang it on the wall. Here are some of my New Year's Resolutions for this year: - Finish editing my novel and send it to publishers. - Perform an original song. - Get straight As in school. -Write in my journal more often. -Apply for scholarships and make…Read more…
I have this nasty habit of using my nails to pick at scabs or pimples on my face. I'm worried that I'll create scars, but I can't stop. Do you have any ideas for stopping this habit? - Anonymous I’ve never had that particularly habit, but I do have experience with wanting to break a bad habit and having trouble stopping. (For me, it’s a habit of tearing my own hair.) Different people often find different strategies helpful, but here are some ideas for anti-habit techniques, most of which I’ve…Read more…
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