Contrarian vs. Controversial

Note to my future self…

For a while now I’ve been wondering if there’s a difference between been contrarian and controversial? Intuitively it seems that there is but if you look at the definition of both concepts it’s hard to pinpoint where the differences lie.

According to Wikipedia “A contrarian is a person that takes up a contrary position, especially a position that is opposed to that of the majority.”

According to the Collins dictionary “If you describe something or someone as controversial, you mean that they are the subject of intense public argument, disagreement, or disapproval.”

I don’t have an answer to this question other than maybe the views of contrarian people tend to be controversial but the opposite isn’t true. If anyone reading this has any thoughts on this or materials that I should read please reach out to me.

Now back to work…