Friday, August 23, 2019

Brain Belief – Common Questions, 5

Do you have other examples of globalized beliefs that may turn into a bias?

Here are just a few.

You get a low grade on your first science test and someone says jokingly, “Your brain sure doesn’t get science!” You begin to believe that. You flunk your next science test, believe you will likely flunk all science tests, so drop out of school. Over time you develop a bias against science of any type.

You get sick shortly after eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Someone tells you it probably was due to the peanut butter, so globalize that experience and refuse ever to eat peanut butter again.

You pray for a friend to be healed. When the individual does not go into remission as you requested, you believe that prayer never works—in spite of multiple studies showing that in many cases it is linked with healing. Soon you have a clear personal bias against prayer, which gradually turns into a bias against anyone who believes in prayer.

Are “myths” beliefs?  (more to come)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Brain Belief – Common Questions, 4

What is an example of a belief that turns into a bias?

Let’s say that a mother taught her daughters: “Always use seat covers, wash your hands, and never touch the door handle with bare hands when leaving a public toilet.” That is helpful admonition when applied specifically and appropriately; unhelpful when globalized, if that leads you to avoid desirable and helpful behaviors. On an automobile trip, they used some toilets that were in rest rooms she described as “unbelievably filthy!” Over the trip, this turned into a full-blown germaphobic belief: all public toilets will give my girls a disease. Soon the mother stopped using public toilets. Rather, she would find a wooded spot off the highway and the girls had to pee behind a tree. Over time this turned into a bias that even people who looked unkempt or dogs that were not well groomed were “filthy” and carried many pathogenic organisms. The girls were never allowed to interact with anyone who appeared underprivileged, and certainly never permitted to volunteer feeling the homeless! Beliefs can take on a life of their own when globalized and even turn into zealot or fanatical or compulsive perspectives and actions that become a bias.

Do you have other examples of globalized beliefs that may turn into a bias? (more to come)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Brain Belief – Common Questions, 3

Can beliefs really impact a brain’s bias?

Yes. Definitely. Beliefs can impact a brain’s bias. Here’s a vehicle metaphor that may help explain this. Vehicles create traffic. If there were no vehicles there would be no vehicular traffic. Once created, traffic can impact vehicles—often impeding their progress and sometimes contributing to accidents. The brain creates the conscious and subconscious minds, which in turn can impact and direct the brain. Once beliefs are firmly entrenched they can influence your brain’s bias assessments along with your resulting decisions and choices, actions and exhibited behaviors.
Anger, fear, belligerence for something that is “different” may surface when that might not otherwise have been the case.

What is an example of a belief that turns into a bias? (more to come)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Brain Belief – Common Questions, 2

Where do beliefs originate or come from?

Beliefs are tricky concepts. They can originate from almost anything and anyone. Your brain creates your beliefs from what you are taught and from what you learned—two different things. For example, some are taught that anger is a bad thing. From observations of adults in one’s life, your brain may learn that anger is only a bad thing for females—it’s expected and accepted from males. Beliefs may include cellular memory from biological ancestors, role-modeling by anyone in your proximal environment; from interactions with people you admire or don’t wish to emulate, your own life experiences, what you watch on TV and movies, what you read, what political or religious leaders tell you, and so on. In adulthood, it is critically important to ask yourself:  “What do I believe? Where did it come from? Who or what do I believe in?” Your beliefs can impact your brain bias.

Beliefs can impact a brain’s bias? (more to come)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Brain Beliefs – Common Questions

So what is a belief?

As belief can be defined as a state of mind in which you perceive the likelihood of something being true based on empirical (observed, experienced, reported) evidence rather than on established theory or logic. Since every brain is different, some say there are a minimum of 7 billion beliefs on this planet. Humans develop beliefs about everything and once imbedded in your brain, a belief can take on a life of its own, with little thought ever given to how it started, where it came from, or if it is or was ever valid.

Where do beliefs originate or come from? (more to come)

Friday, August 16, 2019

Brain Bias – Common Questions, 9

What do you mean a bias tends to become a belief?

Just that. Studies have identified links between bias and belief. If your bias is that all dogs are dangerous, or all sharks are dangerous, or anyone whose skin tone differs from yours is dangerous, or one political party is more dangerous than the others, or one religion is more dangerous than the others, you can begin to believe that this is absolutely true. Period. Over time, a bias tends to become an entrenched belief, which in turn can reinforce the strength of the bias. As the belief becomes entrenched, it reinforces the bias, which can set a person up to become a zealot or a terrorist or you name it . . . someone whose beliefs and biases are very unbalanced to the point the person believes anyone who has a different belief should be persecuted if not executed.

So what is a belief? (more tomorrow)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Brain Bias – Common Questions, 8

Why does it matter what your biases are and whether or not you know what they are?

It matters because you can only manage effectively what you can identify, label, and describe. If you do not know your biases, you may exhibit some behaviors that represent low EQ or Emotional Intelligence, such as JOT behaviors:

--Jumping to conclusions that may be way out in left field

--Overreacting and creating emotional tsunamis that can blow up a relationship bridge that may or may not be repairable

--Taking things personally

These types of behaviors typically create messes that just complicate your life and give you and others more problems to deal with. Over time a bias tends to become a belief.

What do you mean a bias tends to become a belief? (more tomorrow)