From a very young age, I was introduced to the concept of ‘being biased’. So thinking about it, I should know what a bias is exactly. However, I can’t define it. I used to hear people say ‘he’s got a biased opinion’ or ‘his opinion is biased’. Now, I’m quite sure these phrases are wrong. Though i’m not completely sure.
What is the difference between having an opinion and havning a bias? Generally, everyone has an opinion. An opinion is very simply a point of view, and can be personal and completely off-track. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. Biasness on the other hand, is more serious. In the sense that a bias is based purely on emotion and not on facts. Which means that a bias cannot be changed. A bias is completely one sided, and can be said to be partial to a certain point of view and explanations even though other sides are equally valid and plausible.
Biasness is a form of stubborness that doesn’t just affect oneself, but those around as well.