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Chapter 3

Finding Your Beliefs

So how do you determine your own personal beliefs? There are several exercises that you can choose to do. Possibly a good and easy first step is to just start listing them. I am including some worksheets that you might find helpful to get you started. Or you might be creative and develop your own system. Whatever you choose to do, please consider being totally honest and open minded. If you are, you will get more helpful and accurate results. A private list of beliefs might tell you which ones you developed yourself and which ones seem to be a bit “off”.

Another method of determining your personal beliefs is through factual research. You might wonder what your beliefs are concerning a certain area in your life such as health, relationships, money, career and so on. The Internet is an excellent source of information to answer almost any question. We have instant access to a world of visual articles, sound files and video. Choose whatever resonates with you and go from there.

You might learn through experience. There is nothing wrong with that. The world is huge and full of things to explore. Some of these things are more dangerous than others. Some of these have possible harmful effects. But if you feel that you really have to find out firsthand what things are like, please feel free to go out and experience whatever you want.

You might have some issues and situations going on in your life that you don't think you can handle on your own. Talking through your feelings with someone you trust can frequently help you confront the issue, make a plan to deal with it, get resources you might be able to use, and give you support you need to resolve it. Sometimes, all you need is a good friend. Peer counseling and local support groups are readily available. Sometimes, a health care professional might be needed. In any event, talking through things can help you define your beliefs and let you know that you are not alone.

You may want to take some time now to list your beliefs. Start with the ones you know you have, regardless of how useful they might happen to be. Then let your mind drift and write whatever beliefs come into your head. These have also been filed away but might be beliefs you “borrowed” from someone else. These are known as false beliefs. Every one of us has some false beliefs: beliefs, or conclusions, which are formed from faulty logic, from listening to an authority figure or from a need to cope with an unhealthy situation. Here are some examples from my own experience:

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