Essay: The Process by which Opinions can Change

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This essay examines the process by which a person can change her opinion about two of the people she worked with. We have all heard that first impressions are lasting ones, but this does not in fact have to be true. While first impressions are certainly powerful, this does not mean that they cannot be changed. This happened to me recently with two people that I worked with.

We have all heard that first impressions are lasting ones, but this does not in fact have to be true. While first impressions are certainly powerful, this does not mean that they cannot be changed. This happened to me recently with two people that I worked with. Initially I had a very poor opinion of both of them because I thought that they were both acting childishly and really rather vindictively. But after I took the time to talk with them I realized that – while their behavior could certainly be improved – they were each acting out of deeply felt convictions. After I realized this – and after they each changed their behavior – I came to respect them.

One of these two women is an observant Muslim. She sits on my left at work. And the person who sits to my right at the office where we all worked is of Chinese extraction. The woman who is of Chinese heritage often eats pork dishes at her desk – we all worked a shift that ended at 8 p.m. at least some days so we often bring our dinners.

The Muslim woman doesn’t like to be around the smell of pork because Muslims do not eat pork for religious reasons. And the woman whose family is Chinese says that her…..

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