Alright, I was wondering what your opinions are on this matter. I sometimes feel like if I have known a person for years, and if they are the established alpha male of the group and I have an opinion that goes directly against what they are saying, then I have difficulty expressing it. Or if there is a group of people who are all saying the same thing that I disagree with, I still (may) have trouble with it.
I may naturally want to say, “no, I think that idea is wrong” or “I hate that band” or “I think that lifestyle isn’t a good one” in certain times when I disagree. If I don’t say my opinion then I feel disempowered a little bit, and like I smacked my own face. I feel also that sometimes it is a huge thing to say a different opinion, even if it’s “I think that band sucks.” (Depending on who it is, not the context)
If it is the boss, then I understand. But if it is with friends, or the dojo I am staying at, or with a stranger who looks important, then I feel that it is a blow to my self esteem to not bring up that I think that the opposite is true in certain matters. Like in the dojo if someone brings up the idea that a certain move is good and they are a black belt there, I feel it is disrespectful or something to say, “no, I disagree, that move is bogus.” (I have been doing martial arts off and on for 10 years by the way)
I am wondering how people here would handle that.