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The problem with a subjective point of view is that it is invariably different from everyone else’s subjective viewpoint.
Taking an objective approach to an issue means having due regard for the known valid evidence (relevant facts, logical implications and viewpoints and human purposes) pertaining to that issue. If relevant valid evidence is denied or falsified, an objective approach is impossible. An objective approach is particularly in decision-making processes which affect large numbers of people (e.g. politics).
There is a need to present your work “objectively”, as the work of a dispassionate and disinterested (that is, unbiased) researcher – presented as a rational, objective argument.
For this reason we also avoid using emotive language; instead we let the “facts” – or our reasoned argument – make the point for us.
Adapted from: A practical guide to critical thinking http://skepdic.com/essays/Haskins.html
Subjectivity and Objectivity
When something, like an observation, is SUBJECTIVE, it is what is inside of a person’s mind. Subjective observation is seen through the lens of life experience, memories, biases, and prejudices of the person that came up with it. A person who has a subjective viewpoint sees things only from their own position, complete with all biases, internal mental models and so on. The problem with a subjective point of view is that it is invariably different from everyone else’s subjective viewpoint.
OBJECTIVITY is to deal in objective facts rather than subjective opinions.
This means that an observation originates and occurs outside of the mind of a particular individual. When this is the case, that observation is observable by any other person looking at the same situation, provided subjective biases are removed.
The real difference in subjective vs. objective is that objective situations can be observed independent of personal biases and experience (i.e. data), whereas subjective situations can usually only be viewed by one person, filtered through their unique lens of personal experience, taste, emotion, and bias.
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“Have you ever been in a conversation where the other person said something like ‘Let’s look at this in another way. If you stand back and look at the problem objectively, it seems less important.’ ? Taking an objective stance has a calming effect, helping people to see things as they really are or from a different viewpoint.”
“Objectivity works in two ways. First, it helps to remove emotion, allowing people to think more rationally. The other use of objectivity is that it provides neutral territory that allows an equitable discussion to take place.”
“When we say ‘be objective’ we typically mean a number of things:
An objective viewpoint is thus more realistic, fairer and far more likely to be result in an agreeable resolution to human differences.”
Removal of emotion
“Think of a time when you were upset or angry. Relive the experience, seeing things through your own eyes again. Notice how you start to re-experience the emotions. Now imagine floating out of your body and looking down on the scene. Notice now how the emotions are less.”
“Standing back and literally seeing the situation from an external viewpoint has the very useful property of removing emotion. This is a very helpful tool for calming people down and assisting them to think more rationally.”
“A big attraction of an objective viewpoint is that it is neutral territory on which both people can meet. In particular, it plays to our need for fairness”
“The neutrality of an objective view lets us both look from the same position, and if we cannot do this then at least we can get someone else to do it. This is the role played mediators, judges and other intermediaries who stand in the third place.”
The third position
“In a conversation or relationship there are three positions. The first position is me, my subjective self. The second position is you, the other person, and your subjective viewpoint. In argument and discussion we tend to see only these two positions. But there is a third.”
“The third position is the objective viewpoint, as a neutral observer watching the discussion from outside. Anyone watching the conversation is, of course, in the third position. Either or both of the participants can also find this third position.”
“When you are being wound up or drawn into a discussion, take the objective third position. Stand back and look down on the situation. Take time to understand both yourself and the other person.”
“You can do the same for the other person, helping them to take a more objective position. You can also do the reverse, dragging the other person down into the subjective and emotional position from which they cannot see what is happening in the bigger picture.”
How to be More Objective
Please see http://tinyurl.com/pcsvd9w