Negative Core Beliefs: What They Are and How to Challenge Them

What are core beliefs?

Core beliefs are general truths that you believe about yourself and your world, whether they are true or not! While our minds run commentary to our daily experiences, core beliefs frame how we view those experiences: If we see our experiences as good or bad, and if we see ourselves as good or bad. 카지노사이트

Have you ever called yourself a bad name, insulted yourself, or been hard on yourself? What about doing the same to other people in your thoughts? Those are examples of negative core beliefs. Negative core beliefs are judgmental and potentially harmful beliefs held about yourself, others, or the world.

Take the example of finishing a big presentation about how your company can address climate change. What does your mind tell you after the presentation? Thoughts that come up might be:

  • “No one was paying attention because I’m so boring.”
  • “I’m not smart enough to work here.”
  • “Of course I bombed that presentation, why wouldn’t I? I never do anything right.”
  • “My boss checked her phone in the middle of the presentation, the whole company must not be interested in saving the world.”
  • “No one in this country cares about climate change, why do I even try to get people to care?”

Ouch! Some of those thoughts, quite obviously, hurt when you think them. Now multiply that by how much time you spend thinking (all day!) and perhaps you can see how large the impact that negative core beliefs might have on your mental health. 바카라사이트

How negative core beliefs can impact your life

What you think about yourself, others, and the world can have an impact on your mood in the moment and your overall wellness across time. Having thoughts about failure might lead to believing that we’re not worthy, which then tells us not to try. Our thoughts become beliefs that become actions (or inactions!).

Here’s another example, this time from college: big test, something you studied for all week. You get your score back and it’s a B. How will you interpret the situation?

  • Positive core belief: “I studied really hard for this test and I did my best. A B isn’t that bad at all, considering how difficult this class is! I’m grateful that I’m capable of a B.”
  • Negative core belief: “I’m so stupid, I’ll never understand this material. I shouldn’t have gone out with friends last Friday, clearly I’m not smart enough to have fun anymore.” 온라인카지

It’s quite easy to see the difference between those core beliefs and imagine what emotions they bring up. So, when the next exam comes up, how will you handle it?

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