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Skepticism is especially beneficial in operational roles, quality assurance, and in problem solving.
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What is skepticism?

Skepticism means, to put it simply, you’re never quite convinced of something—whether you’ve had just one exposure, or numerous exposures. There’s always that little voice in your head that says maybe, just maybe, this isn’t quite right. 

Because of that, you’re consistently reprocessing to see if your initial conclusions still hold true. You’ve been known to recheck your own work and the work of others over and over again.

Your desire to maintain consistent standards can be a great thing (particularly in customer service and quality assurance roles), but it can also make it difficult for you to move on from a conclusion and cause anxiety and burnout as a result.

We call it: Consistency

The level of importance for you to consistently check your conclusions and decisions.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

Carl Sagan

The benefits of skepticism


Since you’re not one to move forward with a hunch, your dedication to double-checking your work leads to great accuracy.

Customer Service

You believe in maintaining consistent standards and don’t let exceptions slip through. This makes you a great fit for customer service roles.


Your skepticism means you leave no stone unturned, and you uncover comprehensive answers, information, and directions.

The blind spots of skepticism

Analysis Paralysis

Your desire to keep digging and keep confirming can be a good thing, but it can also be overwhelming. Having so much information can make it tough to make a decision.


Because you’re consistently checking and rechecking not only your work, but the work of others, you can appear hyper-critical and like you doubt their abilities.


Similarly, skepticism can mean you aren’t particularly receptive to new or bold ideas that come your way.

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How to have more skepticism

1) Double-check your work.

Skepticism means you won’t be content with just a first pass. You need multiple exposures to even begin to be convinced of something.

Slow down and take the time to double-check your work. You might be surprised by the areas you could improve upon.

2) Ask questions.

Skeptics are known for asking a lot of probing questions—just look at the different scientists and investigative journalists who fall into this category. 

Don’t immediately accept things as truth, and opt to dig deeper with questions. Inquiries like, “Why did you approach it this way?” or, “How else can we solve this problem?” will help you approach situations with a more discerning eye.

3) Verify sources.

False information is everywhere, and somebody who possesses a healthy amount of skepticism won’t just look into what the information is—they’ll look into where it came from.

Make sure you ask about the source of the information you come across. Go past the surface-level and find the root. It will help you feel that much more confident in your answers and conclusions.

4) Ask for criticism.

Skepticism doesn’t just apply to everybody else’s work, it applies to yours too. Ask others to poke holes in your own projects and ideas.

Asking questions of others like, “Does this make sense?” or “How would you disagree with this?” can help you see your own work in a new—and oftentimes more critical—light.

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