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Were You Raised With Distorted Beliefs?

Updated on August 28, 2012

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.

Childhood beliefs

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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      Ruth R. Martin 5 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      A well written hub on a deep topic! I have heard of cognitive thinking skills before, but have never really thought about it much. What you say does make sense. And I know for a fact that I did grow up with sevearl distorted beliefs. I am still unlearning/changing and correcting my beliefs. Keep up the good writing! ~ Ruth

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      zionsphere 5 years ago from Oregon

      @always exploring : These skills are so needed in our society. I am happy to know that you appreciate learning about them. I have run into many people who think it is pointless to think about the way they think.

      However, if you look into the biographies of successful people, you will find that many of them are convinced that it was their state of mind that led them to their sucecess. Nobody has ever said that their success was due to the way the complained about their lives, and brooded on their failures. The story is always quite the opposite.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I enjoyed reading about cognitive thinking skills. I know i had to unlearn some of my childhood teachings. I had a very strict Grandmother who taught that most everything was a sin. I was afraid of God until i learned that God loved everyone. I think i could benefit from the therapy. I do meditate and find it's a great emotional lift. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your heartfelt comment on my hub..Cheers