Many people are very dogmatic about what they believe. They become very insistent that what they believe is true. They insist they are right, but are they? In their own minds they are. Think about it for a minute, once you believe something to be true; in your own mind it is absolutely true. There is no doubt what so ever. If there was doubt you wouldn’t believe it.
So why is it then, that there are so many people that become so insistent that they are right and you are wrong? Why aren’t people more willing to give the benefit of the doubt? Why aren’t people more willing to say this is how it appears to me? Wouldn’t life be a lot easier if we eliminated the phrase “I know” from our vocabulary? Wouldn’t people be more willing to hear you out if you used phrases like “it seems to me” instead of a phrase like “let me tell you”.
When people are dogmatic it is usually a sign that they are trying to impress you. They want to show you what they know. They want you to see their brilliance. True brilliance comes from saying we don’t know but we think what we see is correct. If what we know to be true contradicts what others know to be true, then we have a real problem. This will cause conflict in our relationships because we will be trying to convince the other person that we are right and they are wrong, but when we don’t have a know-it-all attitude and we simply say this is how it looks to me. People will enjoy being around you more; they may even look forward to being around you.