Why do people develop false beliefs

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Why beliefs are formed

In my last few articles about belief formation i explained how beliefs are formed. I said that the repetition of a statement or an event that supports a certain fact can result in the formation of a new belief. This only happens if the statements repeated or the events that happened didn't contradict the already existing beliefs. (See Why affirmations don't work for you)

Those articles explained the process of belief formation but they didn't address a very important issue which is why those beliefs were formed?

Why can two people go through the same situations but build different beliefs?
Why do people form certain beliefs about the world while others don't?

The answer to all of those questions lies in two words: Psychological stability.

Our beliefs make us mentally stable

David always wanted to have more money but for various reasons he couldn't. When he walks down the streets and sees younger men driving extravagant cars he feels totally worthless. For some time he struggled to become rich but after some time he gave up.

On the unconscious level David was feeling worthless because he believed that money makes people more worthy. One day he saw a movie about a very corrupted rich man who bribed the cops to do dirty work for him. David never understood why he loved that movie so much. He watched it more than once and each time he did that new belief became very strong. (See How beliefs are formed)

The belief states that Rich people are unethical and corrupt. Since that day his mind starting collecting more evidences to support that belief until it turned into a solid fact. David now believes that all rich people are thieves.

Do you know why that belief was formed?
To save David's self esteem.

The reason David formed that belief is that he was eagerly looking for a way to feel good about himself since he quit his pursuit for money. In the Solid Self confidence program i said that we sometimes form new beliefs to help ourselves become more psychologically stable even if those beliefs were totally incorrect.

How do you see the world?

Are you sure you see the world correctly?
Are your beliefs real?
Are you sure the evidences you are collecting to support those beliefs aren't biased?

Only a brave person can answer those questions correctly. There are no limits to what a human mind can achieve once a person believes that everything is possible. But as soon as a limiting belief is formed all of yours powers will become useless.

David was smart, a hard worker and ambitious but all of those good traits turned into nothing when he decided to create a false belief about rich people.

Had David been a brave man he would have sought other methods of attaining psychological stability other than self deception.

I have managed to become a self made millionaire at the age of 28. This didn't happen by chance because i already wrote that goal down five years before i accomplished it. Becoming rich is not about luck, starting big or being intelligent but its all about having certain beliefs about money and life.

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