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A Judgment, When Spoken, Becomes
Your Belief And Your Gossip

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

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When Do You Pass Judgement?
When you sit in judgement over another, the state of your mind changes. You have articulated a specific aspect of the behavior of a person. You are not conscious of the many consequences of that judgement. Actually, at what point do you fix your judgement? When does your mind pass the point of no return? It is a specific moment in time. It happens, when your mind verbally articulates the view. It is an internal mental event.

Later, when those words are expressed in public, those comments carry social consequences. As the judgement progresses from perception, to verbal expression and finally to public revelation, your comprehension of the subject alters. It becomes more and more rigid. Your associations change. Sitting in judgement affects your inner wisdom and your relationships with people. Often, when you express your judgement of the behavior of an individual in public, it becomes gossip.

  • There is a point in time, when you pass a judgement.
  • Gossip can be a social benefit.
  • How does the brain know something?
  • What is the orienting response?
  • How does the brain sense values and social emotions?
  • Are tact and judgement brain functions?
  • Can you reach a balanced judgement?
  • How does a judgement become rooted in your mind?
  • What happens after you sit in judgement?
  • Why should you avoid sitting in judgement?

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Are There Benefits To Gossiping?
Gossiping is a peer-to-peer mechanism that sustains societies by disseminating valuable information to very large social networks. It aids social bonding and serves as a process of social grooming. Gossip enables people to monitor cooperative reputations and so maintain widespread indirect reciprocity, where one actor helps another and is then benefited by a third party. It builds and maintains a sense of community with shared interests, information, and values. When a gossiper seems to have very detailed knowledge of either the organization's values or about others in the work environment, his/her expert power becomes enhanced. When passing on positive information, a gossiper increases reward power, since the recipient also desires to be rewarded with similar personal publicity. Your ability to make sound judgements is an amazing gift, worth cultivating.

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How Does The Brain "Know" Something?
Your brain is able to provide you with a rational picture of your world. Continuously dealing with information from its initial sensory perceptions, the brain makes the highest level of pattern recognition, when it finally establishes a judgement. The primary areas of the cortex receive sensory information. This information proceeds to secondary areas, which coordinate binocular vision and dual channel sound. From this information, the association regions recognize objects and events. Typically, damage to the somesthetic association region causes a patient to lose the ability to recognize an object by touch. Other regions recognize events through taste, sound, light and smell. The assembled recognition images proceed to the prefrontal regions, which finally provide a rational picture of the world to the brain.

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What Is The Orienting Response?
Scientists discovered that, when a bright flash of light or a sudden loud noise is encountered, an individual will pay attention to it even before identifying it. This is the orienting response, which is an organism's immediate reaction to change. Within seconds of the stimulus, the reflex causes the individual to direct his gaze towards the change. This response is present even in babies, who will turn their head toward any change in their surroundings. Depending on the intensity of the emotions, the orienting response directs attention to repetitions of the new noticed state of affairs.  "Conversations stop when a celebrity enters the room." People begin staring. Animated people become silent.  When strong emotions have been felt, the orienting response creates greater sensitivity to repetitions of memorable situations. The brain recirculates memories to fully assess the impact of the new state of affairs. Such persistence enables the mind to bring widespread regions of the brain to absorb each new change in the environment.

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How Does The Brain Sense Values And Social Emotions?
The brain supports its decisions by attributing values to its possible behavioral responses to a situation. It measures the outcomes of its past responses through a system of "somatic markers." The ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC) yields patterns of impulses which measure such values. Lesions in VMPFC sever these somatic markers and cause patients to be unable to choose between risky and less risky options in tasks that demanded the evaluation of rewards and punishments. Apart from measuring values, a mirror neuron network provides the brain with the ability to subconsciously feel the experiences of other people. Excitation of the network creates your awareness of the pain of a friend by recognizing her grimace. So the brain is able to make value judgements and evaluate social issues when it makes its judgements.

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Are Tact And Judgement Brain Functions?
The role of the prefrontal regions (PFR) has been recorded by science. Many years ago, prefrontal lobotomy was applied for patients with intractable pain, or to modify the behavior of severely psychotic patients. The procedure isolated the prefrontal regions by cutting its nerve fiber links. Most patients were able to return home and even resume their former activities. The results of these operations were widely published. A significant outcome of this procedure was that the patients appeared to lack judgment and were tactless in social relationships. People understand that common sense acts with tact and judgment. The general view of science is that the PFR plays a pivotal role in the global evaluation of the living world by the mind.

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Can You Reach A Balanced Judgement?
Sometimes, your balanced judgement may be critical to an evolving situation.  Your PFR has the true ability to assess the impact, value and social consequences of your views. You may have worries about an important individual in your life. A fair judgement requires evaluation of his, or her background, upbringing and social competency. Emotions often have troubling causes and can often interfere with such judgements. A single painful incident can taint your view of an individual. This website offers you a method of reaching a balanced view by writing down and sorting your perceptions.

The routine enables you to view all aspects together to resolve many unconscious and conflicting views. Your mind has a phenomenal capacity to go in and search all its nooks and corners to deliver your thoughts on any subject. That ordinarily happens, when you sit down to write a shopping list. Your mind delivers a reasonable list of the essentials. Similarly, list your thoughts into the cells of a spreadsheet. Take time. If you are patient, every level of your consciousness will have expressed its competing view. Usually, these outlines will fill about 60 cells in your spreadsheet.

Simply enter a label, an assessment of each entered perception, in an adjacent cell of the spreadsheet. The labels could be: doubtful evidence, talents, weaknesses, favorable factors, etc. Labeling clarifies your views and the classification becomes the permanent wisdom of your mind. Usually, just 8 or 10 labels can actually be repeated for as many as 60 thoughts. A "sort" command of the labels column will arrange similar ideas together. Listing similarly labeled thoughts together will suddenly bring clarity to your judgement. While a hasty judgement may feel momentarily satisfying, It could ultimately lead to the loss of a valued relationship. But, when the more improbable concerns are seen together, they distill reality and purge prejudices. Your view becomes more balanced.

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How Does A Judgement Become Rooted In Your Mind?
Judgements can dominate you. Before you make one, a multi stage processes converts your vague perceptions into language. Some neural regions recognize the goals and intentions of others. Other regions understand the significance of their gestures and actions. Damage to these regions produce an inability to comprehend sign language. Other regions convert recognized objects and events into words. Damage to these regions cause delays in the understanding, or even articulation of the sounds of words.

Processed words from many regions are assembled and kept in storage in a working memory. Another region organizes those words into the argument themes within sentences. With damage to these regions, individuals know "what they want to say, but they just cannot get it out". Such damage reduces the ability to say "My mom drove me to the store today." into telegraphic speech, "Drive, store. Mom." The mental expression of your judgement in a sentence is the final stage. It sets the interpretation of millions of your varied perceptions in concrete into a single expressed point of view.

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What Happens After You Sit In Judgement?
Generally, gossip is the public expression of your judgement of an absent individual. The comment can be positive, neutral, or negative. If the view has a negative connotation, it reveals passive aggression, which isolates and harms the individual. Nowadays, corporate email is an even more dangerous method of gossip delivery. The comments go on record and can be easily forwarded to unintended recipients. It may increase the coercive power of a gossiper, because the listener fears being subjected to similar criticism. But, when workers indulge in harmful topics of conversation, they break existing bonds and ostracize individuals.

Gossip has bad consequences. In the work place, productivity is lost; time is wasted; trust and morale are eroded; employees become anxious and rumors circulate; people take sides; reputations are destroyed; employees leave. Gossipers are always suspect and their chances of advancement reduce. From the Christian point of view, by reducing love between humans and increasing negativity, gossip makes it more difficult to truly experience the love of God.

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Why Should You Avoid Sitting In Judgement?
When you sit in judgement and pass on gossip, you could be providing a valuable social function. Or, you could be damaging relationships. Many people will be affected by your judgements. You reach those judgements through an amazing mental process, which takes millions of your perceptions over time into account. Remember that when you verbalize a judgement about a person, the action has a deep impact. If you suspect your tendency to reach hasty judgements, remember that you can become self aware. You can stop the verbalization of your judgements. Then your mind will be open to new circumstances and changed situations. Become self aware and keep your mind ever open.

This page was last updated on 28 March 2020.