Were You Raised With Distorted Beliefs?
When a person thinks about their beliefs, they may automatically think of their religion. However, religion has very little to do with what I am writing about right now.
Are you aware of your beliefs?
The type of beliefs I am talking about, are the beliefs we have in general about the world around us, problems, situations, and the other people in our lives. Did you know that many of us are completely unaware of our general beliefs? This is because most of our beliefs are a direct result of our thoughts, and a large majority of our thoughts are automatic. This means that our brains are constantly giving us input about the way we feel, and we are not necessarily aware of what that input is, or where it came from.
Beliefs and our brains
Our brains are very complex organs that are capable of storing massive amounts of information. Our brains automatically use bits and pieces of the information we have stored and collected, as it sees fit. The use of this information is often distorted, but why?
How the media influences our beliefs
Some of the blame could be directed towards our media. We are constantly bombarding ourselves with senseless and negative information. In my opinion, a lot of this can be credited to our major corporations who have tirelessly researched ways to implant their marketing messages into our minds so that we will be buying and consuming machines The some of the messages they implant, negatively effect our mental and emotional health.
The majority of our beliefs are formed during childhood. Whether or not the media plays a role in the shaping of our beliefs, our parents and other caregivers have the majority of control over the way we as children, learned to perceive the world around us. Their stresses became our stresses, and their ways of handling things became ours. The problem with this, is that many of our parent's perceptions about the way things are, happen to be distorted. This is why many of us find the world to be a more difficult place than it needs to be. Have you ever looked at other people and wondered why life seems to be a little bit easier for them? In many cases, it's simply because of the way they think.
Pinpointing distorted beliefs
I recently found a way to pinpoint the distorted beliefs I was raised with, and challenge them in a way that has greatly improved my life. It was called Cognitive Thinking Skills Therapy. I encourage you to learn more. You can either follow the top link below, which will lead you to another one of my hubs that takes a deeper look into Cognitive Thinking Skills Therapy, or you can look it up on your own. There are several videos on youtube that can be found, which demonstrate this thinking technique.
I wish you luck!
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