“If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.”
Sometimes we make assumptions or judgments about people or situations before we have all the information or facts.
An assumption is something that we take for granted without bothering to find proof to support it. We have to assume many things to go about our daily lives. This is because we do not have the time and energy to challenge every matter that comes our way. Unless we take certain things for granted, it would be very difficult to live. But making too many assumptions can also cause us problems.
We should always be willing to look carefully at the assumptions we make. If need be, we should never be afraid to challenge their validity. Ask questions. Unless we do so, we will only end up missing opportunities and causing problems for ourselves that we could have avoided in the first place.
“While you judge me by my outward appearance I am silently doing the same to you, even though there’s a ninety-percent chance that in both cases our assumptions are wrong.”
Richelle E. Goodrich