How Do Children Get Beliefs? – Part 1

How Do Children Get Beliefs? – Part 1

"A baby’s primary instinct is simply to survive" For hundreds of years philosophers, psychologists and psychiatrists have put forward many differing theories and hypotheses regarding how a child learns. This has varied from being genetically programmed, to developing personality through nurture or nature. Some believe that both theories are correct. However, there are many studies that confirm that a child’s basic personality is set by the...

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'Never Take Money From Strangers'

'Never Take Money From Strangers'

Did your parents warn you to never to take money  from strangers? Here's my story of this warning. When I was six we lived in a small village in England. One morning I was walking to school through a small wood alone because my brother was sick. On the way I was approached by a nice man who chatted to me and walked me to school. He was there again when I came out of school and offered me sixpence and sweeties to go for a walk with him. Yep...

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Children Know No Different

Children Know No Different

Children Know No Different Children accept people and situations at face value, unable to analyse or judge them, because they know no different. Children accept the behaviour of the people around them as normal because they know no different. If children come from a dysfunctional family they learn to accept that abuse is normal, that neglect is usual and punishment is standard. They learn to keep their heads down and to stay out of the...

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It Was Just My Imagination Running Away With Me

It Was Just My Imagination Running Away With Me

So why does our brain imagine all sorts of horrible things? It’s a question of survival! Even when we’re doing something that makes us happy our Amygdala (fear/survival brain) is continuously scanning our environment to see what ‘threats’ lurk out there. This is done either consciously or unconsciously. Say you’re swimming in the sea; your eyes are constantly searching above and under the water to see if there are sharks, jellyfish,...

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"People Can't Be Trusted!"

"People Can't Be Trusted!"

A Belief is a thought or perception, opinion or idea that you believe to be true! A Belief is a thought or perception, opinion or idea that you considered long before your brain could sort out fact from fiction - to be a fact or the truth.  Beliefs are extremely powerful.  They determine and control the way you think, feel and behave.  They determine the fabric of your life and can unconsciously create your future. We all have conscious and...

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What Do You See In Your Future?

What Do You See In Your Future?

Says Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University in his book, ‘Stumbling on Happiness’; ‘The brain is a belief making machine, and making future is what it does”, “The greatest achievement of the human brain is to imagine objects and episodes that do not exist in the realm of reality, and it is this ability that allows us to think about the future".  Says Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University...

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