Therapeutic Word of the Day: Belief

“We all have beliefs, ask yourself what yours are, and if they are healthy. Some beliefs, like negativity are unhealthy and toxic.”

I have had people tell me they do not believe in anything and have no beliefs. This is untrue as we all have many different beliefs on many different subjects. Beliefs shape how we view the world. For example, if we believe the world is a dark and evil place full of bad people, we will rarely see the good in things and rarely trust others. Beliefs shape how we view the universe, for good or ill.

Beliefs about ourselves are extremely important. If you believe you are a bad person and deserve bad things to happen, you will expect them. You will filter away any positives about you or your experiences and focus on the bad. You will be unhappy and will assume it is your duty to be. You will pick friends who will highlight this belief.

If you want to change your life, you have to change how you think about you. As thoughts are influenced by beliefs, changing the negative beliefs about you is a major component of change. Statements such as “I will never change,” or “I will always be pathetic” need to be replaced with “I can change, it just will take time and effort,” and “I will make mistakes, but I will have successes as well.” In truth, this is what therapy teaches you, to think and act differently than you have before.

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Nathan Driskell

Hello, my name is Nathan Driskell and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in the Houston / Cypress area specializing in the treatment of Internet Addiction & Asperger’s / Autism. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.

You can reach me at my website or call me directly at 832-559-3520 if you have any questions. Thank You!
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