A person, is not necessarily their ideas or beliefs. Therefore it is possible to disagree profusely, but to do so without disagreeing with them as an entity. This is where a character of integrity stands strong. Many people invariably cannot separate ideas/beliefs from people. To prevent any productive debate from emerging into an argument, requires this objective analytical mindset. When an idea is attacked as a receiver, people often feel as if they are attacked personally depending on emotional investment into the said idea. Additionally to this, those with absolution in their thinking, have no flexibility of mind, and become rigid under pressure of interrogation of their beliefs. Perceiving even neutral, and non-critical enquiries as an attack upon the self. The reason we do not naturally prefer to differentiate a person from their ideas is because once again, it requires energy to separate the two.
Not all people agree with the beliefs they hold, they hold them because they understand them, even if they contradict the nature of the person or their personal experiences. It’s our natural inclination to remember and accept that which we understand, because it follows suit of the path of least resistance. We are inquisitive creatures at heart, but being inquisitive takes energy, sometimes this is a valuable from within that cannot be afforded to pay for the debt of understanding.
If you’re a passionate person, then it pretty much goes without saying that your ideas are an extension of yourself with a pretty strong link to who you are. To the point where your ideas feel almost like a gateway to the core of your very being. You can be very adept in a subject without being passionate about it, this isn’t always a bad thing, especially during a debate. Because it means you have not emotionally invested yourself in the particular subject, therefore you can remain somewhat non-dissonant to any inquiries.
Emotional bonds towards ideas are usually linked with personal experience, therefore if we choose to develop ourselves into a subject that has aroused our interest from a profound person experience. Then there is a good chance we will devote a lot of time to it, but there is also a good chance that due to our heavy emotional investment, we may repel other people’s opinions about our beliefs, resulting in stagnated or confirmation biased progress.
Try to imagine your emotions as your driving force behind your subject of interest, too much emotion results in a very strong and determined point of view, but almost in a fanatical sense, resulting in that rigid outlook again, a lack of openness or perspective.
To productively master a subject as best as possible, we must maintain that balance between emotional attachment. Therefore as to not be absorbed into a biased outlook.