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False Beliefs

7 March 2018


In yesterday’s blog, I introduced the term False Beliefs. Before, I had only casually mentioned it. The term False Belief is actually rather weird as any belief could be viewed as false. Beliefs – including False Beliefs – are rooted in opinions rather than facts. Also see my 2016 blog: Why are opinions stronger than facts?

In order to define False Beliefs, I prepared a diagram based on common examples of False Beliefs. Based on those examples, 2 axes appeared: inward & outward and positive & negative.

I was surprised finding a box that I didn’t anticipate: false praise by others may create false beliefs within yourself. A common example is false praise by parents towards children, in order to boost their ego.

False information by others is probably the most common example for creating your false beliefs. Nowadays, we often refer to “alternative facts” and/or “fake news” (my 2016 blog).

Strong positive and negative emotions may also cause False Beliefs. The 45th President is an example of both, following his narcissism and frequent use of reverse psychology and denial.

The essence of False Beliefs seems being out of touch with reality. Beliefs – including the 7 Belief systems – are still based on reality. False Beliefs appear to be a fundamental misperception of the same reality that we all perceive, albeit from different angles.

The causes for False Beliefs are either internal (psychology) or external (false input). Denial (my 2016 blog), narcissism (my 2016 blog), and reverse psychology & projection (my 2015 blog) are related psychology topics. Please also see my 2016 blog on false information and my 2015 blog on Extreme Parental Guidance.

There is a chance that the 45th President fits all 4 boxes in my diagram. The bottom-right box (false information) is a mere consequence of the other 3 boxes. Hence my blogs on the Trump Revolution of disruption, chaos and destruction (parts #1, #2, #3, #4).

quote by Anthony de Mello (1931-1987), Jesuit priest: “There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.” Another quote by George Orwell (1903-1950), novelist: “Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.”

Thought Contagion (2018) by Muse – artists, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

You’ve been bitten by a true believer

You’ve been bitten by someone who’s hungrier than you

You’ve been bitten by a true believer

You’ve been bitten by someone’s false beliefs

Note: all bold and/or italic markings by LO unless stated otherwise


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