Basic Beliefs Determine What You Think, Feel and Do

Basic beliefs underlie your thoughts

Many of your conscious thoughts stem from the vast number of basic beliefs stored in your subconscious mind. When you think about a subject, you are dealing with what you know and believe about that topic. To “remember” something consciously, you must delve into your subconscious storage compartment.

Fortunately, everyone has the ability to use reason and logic; to imagine, wonder, discover and create. These activities take humans well beyond the information stored in their subconscious mind, all the while using basic beliefs as the foundation for these higher order endeavors.

Basic beliefs are responsible for your feelings

Basic beliefs and their associated feelings are inseparable. When a new experience is similar to a previous one, feelings attached to the first event will be felt again. One may not even be consciously aware of the original experience that gives rise to a current feeling.

Basic beliefs dictate much of your behavior

Consider for a moment how essential it is to be able to act without having to make conscious decisions. If it were not for the subconscious control of taking a step, reaching for an item or going about routine tasks, the thinking brain would have to do all that processing…an impossible burden. Basic beliefs influence the details of routine task performance.

Beyond the routine, basic beliefs subconsciously tell you that something is safe or attractive and therefore approachable, and they tell you what to avoid because it is unfamiliar or potentially dangerous.

Routine tasks and responses to what goes on around you are automatic without the necessity for conscious thought. Your behaviors will be consistent with your basic beliefs because they are your only source for making decisions until you exercise thinking, reasoning and logic.

Basic beliefs and mental health

Basic beliefs and the behaviors that flow from them contribute to mental health when they coincide with inbornintentions. Therefore, when you detect a problematic thought, feeling or behavior, you would do well to consider a change in your basic belief(s). It should be apparent that attempting to change a problematic behavior without changing its underlying basic belief would be futile.

A question for your consideration and comment

Can you name a thought, feeling or behavior not determined or heavily influenced by one or more basic beliefs?

Next step: Go to Barriers to Changing Basic Beliefs