A Quick Trick for Becoming Less Judgmental

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Episode 137

Whether you say, “That chicken was too spicy,” or “The presentation was awful,” you might have strong judgments about the things around you. And while you’re entitled to your opinion, there are ways to experience those opinions without being too judgmental.

Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that your opinion isn’t a fact, however. Just because you thought a movie was great doesn’t mean everyone else in the family will like it.

Your opinion isn’t any more or less true than anyone else’s. It’s simply a matter of taste.

The way you experience and express your opinions can make a big difference to your mental health. It can also affect your social interactions.

Fortunately, we can all learn to be less judgmental. Learning how to be less judgmental of the events and people around you will also help you be less harsh on yourself. 

While it does take practice to change the way you think, it’s something all of us can do. So, in this Friday Fix episode, I share how a slight change in the way you word things can make a big difference in your life. 

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.