Allodoxaphobia – the Fear of other People’s Opinions: Is that a Workplace Thing?


Americans actually fear not having an opinion to give.  Research has demonstrated that we will even provide opinions on fake subjects (such as our attitude towards completely fictitious drugs listed on a survey).  We can’t stand to be without firmly held convictions on pretty much any subject, real or imagined.  And if we can’t come up with our own, we’ll use somebody else’s, as others are all too willing to provide us with filler.  George Bernard Shaw once wisely observed, “If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.”  We do so love expressing an opinion.

But apparently, there are unfortunate individuals that are pathologically afraid of other people’s opinions. If your neighbor is in the Klu Klux Klan or works for Fox News, you might be justified in a certain level of trepidation when they express…

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