Stress Relief: Level 1 Beliefs (Conscious Thoughts)

by Doc Orman, M.D.


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Since faulty beliefs play a prominent role in causing much of the stress we experience, sometimes the best way to deal with our stress is to uncover specific false beliefs we might have, and then correct them. 

This is much easier said than done, however. 

A Useful Model For Thinking About Our Beliefs 

One of the reasons we have difficulty in evaluating our beliefs, and also in correcting them, is we haven’t been taught to understand our beliefs correctly. 

In my three blog posts this week, I’m going to share with you a model about how I’ve learned to think about beliefs.  Hopefully, you will find this model helpful, as I have over the past 30 years. 

I’m only claiming this model may be useful to you…not that it is absolutely true.  There may be many other valid ways to think about beliefs that are not contained in the model I’m going to propose.  But that doesn’t mean this model isn’t useful.  I believe it is, and that’s why I am sharing it with you.

NOTE: Don’t be concerned if this post, or the next one, seems unrelated to your immediate concerns about getting rid of your stress.  By the time you read all three posts in this series, the relevance should become clearer to you.

 A Three Level Model For Thinking About Your Beliefs

The model I propose to you is a three level model for understanding human beliefs.   Level 1 is our conscious thoughts and opinions, which will be the subject of this post.  The other two levels give rise to our conscious thoughts and opinions, and these other levels will be discussed in the next two posts to follow.

Our conscious thoughts and opinions represent the most obvious level (Level 1) of what we commonly refer to as our beliefs.  For many people, this is as deep as their thinking goes.  They have their beliefs, they know what they are, and that’s that.  There’s not much more to be said…or thought…about beliefs, except to argue about whose beliefs are right, or whose beliefs are better than those held by others. 

Our Conscious Thoughts Don’t Arise From A Vacuum 

Our conscious thoughts are not as superficial as they appear to be.  They are almost always connected to deeper layers of thoughts, some of which we may be consciously aware of and others not.  And it is this intrinsic connection to deeper (i.e. hidden layers) of reasoning that causes us so much difficulty in grasping the roots of our opinions.  It also gives us even greater challenges when it comes to examining them rigorously. 

For example, you may have the belief that you are not a good public speaker.  If this is the case for you, I’m sure you’ve collected lots of personal experiences and other types of “evidence” during your life to support the apparent validity of this belief.  But what if this belief is incorrect?  What if you have the ability to be a very fine public speaker, only you have an erroneous Level 1 belief that is very strongly to the contrary?

How would you go about starting to examine and/or question the assumed validity of your existing Level 1 belief?  Well, you can’t just focus on your conscious thoughts (“I’m no good as a public speaker”) alone, because those thoughts don’t exist in isolation of other convictions.  They are strongly connected to deeper layers of thoughts, and unless you are able to “see” the whole string of connected assumptions, you really can’t take on your conscious belief and get very far in honestly challenging it.

In fact, sometimes we may briefly consider abandoning one of our false beliefs, but we can’t give it up, because we’re still holding on to a number of other false beliefs that are strongly connected to the original belief and thereby bolster its “validity.”

This is precisely why we need a multi-level model of thinking about our beliefs. If you just look at your Level 1 conscious beliefs alone, you are likely to miss 80% of the action.

In the next post of this three-part series, we’ll look at what makes up the second level of deeper thoughts, which you probably intuitively know about, yet we aren’t very skilled at examining. 

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