Opinion vs. Suggestion

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Opinion and Suggestion is that the Opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement that is not conclusive; may deal with subjective matters in which there is no conclusive finding and Suggestion is a psychological process by which one person guides the thoughts, feelings, or behavior of another person

  • Opinion

    In general, an opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement that is not conclusive. It may deal with subjective matters in which there is no conclusive finding, or it may deal with facts which are sought to be disputed by the logical fallacy that one is entitled to their opinions. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are more likely to be verifiable, i.e. can be agreed to by the consensus of experts. An example is: “United States of America was involved in the Vietnam War” versus “United States of America was right to get involved in the Vietnam War”. An opinion may be supported by facts and principles, in which case it becomes an argument. Different people may draw opposing conclusions (opinions) even if they agree on the same set of facts. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments. In casual use, the term opinion may be the result of a person’s perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact.

    Collective or professional opinions are defined as meeting a higher standard to substantiate the opinion. (see below)

  • Suggestion

    Suggestion is the psychological process by which one person guides the thoughts, feelings, or behavior of another person.

    Nineteenth-century writers on psychology such as William James used the words “suggest” and “suggestion” in the context of a particular idea which was said to suggest another when it brought that other idea to mind. Early scientific studies of hypnosis by Clark Leonard Hull and others extended the meaning of these words in a special and technical sense (Hull, 1933).

    The original neuropsychological theory of hypnotic suggestion was based upon the ideomotor reflex response that William B. Carpenter declared, in 1852, was the principle through which James Braid’s hypnotic phenomena were produced.

  • Opinion (noun)

    A subjective belief, judgment or perspective that a person has formed about a topic, issue, person or thing.

    “I would like to know your opinions on the new filing system.”

    “In my opinion, white chocolate is better than milk chocolate.”

    “Every man is a fool in some man’s opinion.”

  • Opinion (noun)

    The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.

  • Opinion (noun)

    Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem.

  • Opinion (noun)

    Obstinacy in holding to one’s belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness.

  • Opinion (noun)

    The formal decision, or expression of views, of a judge, an umpire, a doctor, or other party officially called upon to consider and decide upon a matter or point submitted.

  • Opinion (noun)

    a judicial opinion delivered by an Advocate General to the European Court of Justice where he or she proposes a legal solution to the cases for which the court is responsible

  • Opinion (verb)

    To have or express as an opinion.

  • Suggestion (noun)

    Something suggested (with subsequent adposition being for)

    “I have a small suggestion for fixing this: try lifting the left side up a bit.”

    “Traffic signs seem to be more of a suggestion than an order.”

  • Suggestion (noun)

    The act of suggesting.

    “Suggestion often works better than explicit demand.”

  • Suggestion (noun)

    Something implied, which the mind is liable to take as fact.

    “He’s somehow picked up the suggestion that I like peanuts.”

  • Suggestion (noun)

    The act of exercising control over a hypnotised subject by communicating some belief or impulse by means of words or gestures; the idea so suggested.

  • Suggestion (noun)

    information, insinuation, speculation, as opposed to a sworn testimony and evidence


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