📌 The Optimist believes in the best for the future. Therefore their mind likes to focus on hope and faith.
📌 The Pessimist believes in the worst for the future. Therefore their mind likes to focus on what’s wrong with the world.
📌 The Realist believes in seeing things as they are, not better or worse. Therefore their mind likes to focus on the facts, not stories about the facts.
📌 The Cynic believes in only the selfishness of others. Therefore their mind likes to focus on distrusting other people’s “good” intentions.
What do all these categories have in common? They are all ways of looking at life. They aren’t “right” or “wrong” necessarily; they just are ways to see the world around you. Each outlook will produce a different experience of life. 🙌
🌟 Our beliefs constantly color and shape how we perceive life. 🌟
Take an example of people who get into a car accident.
📌 The Optimist hopes the people in the accident will be okay.
📌 The Pessimist expects most, if not every person in the accident will die.
📌 The Realist measures the probability the people in the accident will live or die.
📌 The Cynic assumes the people in the accident were careless or intentionally caused it to get insurance money.
🌟 We don’t see life as it is. We see life as a reflection of who we are. 🌟
Carl Jung talked about how ideas can possess people, rather than people possessing ideas. And when a belief possesses a person, the person is no longer in control. The belief speaks through the person. 🗣️
I must add: beliefs aren’t intrinsically bad. We all have them and need them to function in our lives. It’s when we lose our self-control at the expense of our beliefs where they become a problem. 👍
So how can we check if our beliefs possess us?
📍 Acknowledge most of our beliefs are not even our own. We’ve picked them up over time and embraced them as our own.
📍 Challenge our beliefs. Question how they could in fact be wrong. Question our ego’s need to hold onto them.
📍 Seek other points of view that challenge your beliefs. It doesn’t mean you have to agree, but to keep an open mind.
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