When should doubt be employed or avoided?

A man with a lot of doubts about his life.
This is an age that is rapidly become one of many doubters and skeptics. And this is not without a reason. For there is an increase number of things one reads and hears that prove untrustworthy."

For example turn to advertisement, how much of it can you wholeheartedly believe?

From experience you may have discovered that certain kinds of information are dependable but usually statements about the quality of products are often not.

Similarly there are news columnists you have learned to trust, but others you have found somewhat biased.

It is little wonder then you may have learned to doubt and wisely so.

But this poses the following question: When should it be employed and when should it be avoided?

Relationships doubts

A woman with doubts about her relationship with her man.

When dealing with strangers or new information, a shrewd person wisely recognizes the need to do some personal investigation. The person is not necessary inclined to disbelieve.

But when he discovers after closer investigations that there is no solid basis for what a person says, from then on he may rightfully doubt the source of his information.

Just putting faith in every word you hear can be dangerous. You should be careful not repeat things unless you have a sound basis for believing they are true.

Otherwise, others will come to consider what you say to be of little merit when they discover that what you said was untrue.

The value of being honest truthful and reliability should not be underestimated. It is upon such qualities that true friendships are founded.

Since time is required to become acquainted with these qualities in persons, it takes time for real friendships to grow and mature.

However, when one has proved to be a reliable and trustworthy friend should you doubt him every time he tells you something new? Not at all!

And if you do, your friendship will likely suffer. Mutual trust and confidence are also vital in order to enjoy healthy relations with others.

This is especially true in family relations.

For example, if a wife doubts her husband’s faithfulness when she has no substantial basis for doing so, this can only raise a barrier between the two.

She only torments herself by her doubts and decreases her capacity to love her husband.

How important it is to have real evidence before doubting a loved one. It is better to give the benefit of doubt, until there is clear proof of untrustworthy.

Scientific doubt

A mumbly laughing cartoon doing doubtful science.

Perhaps another important factor to doubt is the popularizing of doubt as a key to scientific progress.

There can be no question that doubt has been valuable in leading to many scientific discoveries.

Unfortunately, the unbridled exercise of doubt has resulted to some scientists being unreceptive to new ideas or unwilling even to investigate them.

A good case in point is the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Flemming.

For some ten years he vainly tried to enlist the aid of leading doctors in Great Britain in his discovery of penicillin.

So doubtful where those scientists, that the idea that Flemming deriving penicillin from a common mold seemed too preposterous for them even to investigate it.

The discovery was on the verge of falling into the oblivion together with hundreds of other potentially useful discoveries when war broke out.

The situation was reversed almost overnight. Anti-bacterial remedies become the center of interest on the medical stage, thus penicillin was rediscovered.

Religious doubts

A picture of Jesus Christ with face expressing doubtful feelings.

When it comes to religious belief it is easy doubt anything new that is contrary to what one have always believed
This can hinder one from even listening or investigating new ideas and causing one to have a closed mind.

A good example is that of Galileo who published his findings that proved correct the Copernican theory that the earth revolves around the sun.

When this came to the attention of the opinionated religious leaders of his time, they did not bother even to look through his telescope to see whether there was any substance to his findings.

Instead they put him under house arrest and forced him to recount his views or be branded a heretic.

Certainly we all have our religious beliefs. But they should not be based on feelings, hearsay, snap judgments or on a woeful lack of evidence.

Could it be that we have become unwittingly intolerant to any new idea?

It would be better to balance our convictions with open mindedness and not doubting new ideas without examining them objectively.


A young lady with feelings of self-doubt.

Does fear of failing keep you from doing things that you would really like to do? Are you jealous of the successes of others?

Do you worry a lot about what others think of you? Are you uneasy about meeting new people? Do you fall apart when you are criticized?

Then you may be experiencing self-doubt.

But why be plagued with self-doubt?

Rid yourself of doubts by taking on the challenges. Broaden your interests, both in things and in people. Pursue a hobby. Cultivate good friends by being helpful.

Each accomplishment, however small, will increase your skill and self-confidence.

On the hand, be careful not to be overly confident when you should be cautious of the dangers ahead. At those moments your doubts can save your life.

For example a photographer spotted a sow grizzly bear with three cubs. He approached with a camera that featured automatic multi-exposures.

He took the first pictures from a safe position on the slope opposite the bears. Then he began to get overconfident, as the bears seemed to ignore his presence.

He cautiously crossed the slope until he was on the same avalanche path as the bears.

The pictures, developed later from this multi-exposure camera, showed the bears closer and closer.

He wanted to get the shot of a lifetime and so he moved even closer.

By doing so he violated the bear’s space, forcing the bear to make a decision either to run or to attack.

The final pictures in the camera showed the signs of the bear having had enough of him —and it charged!

The photographer tried to climb a tree, but it was too late. The bear got to him first and inflicted fatal injuries. 


Doubt can be either a valuable protection or a destruction process. It all depends on whether the circumstances justify it or calls for its avoidance.

So, before taking any action or believing something, take serious consideration on the matters before you and make an informed decision.