We all hold a number of beliefs that underpin how we live our lives. Some of these beliefs can become fixed even though they’re not true, a fact, or supported by evidence. We can hold conviction in the truth or actuality of an idea even though it’s not a fact.
Beliefs can come from our experiences in life or from someone talking with authority. They give us comfort, purpose and a connection with others e.g. religions. We can also take a belief and treat is as a fact.
Fixed beliefs can get in the way of problem solving as they both prevent us from seeing the facts and encourage us to jump to conclusions without fully considering all facts and options.
To find new solutions to our problems we need to increase our ‘psychological flexibility’. This is an ability to recognise those beliefs we hold that might not be facts or evidence-based so we can then withhold judgement.
A useful way to solve problems is to think about values-based action – what principle do we hold that might be relevant.
In Rethinkly you’re invited to notice the beliefs you bring to a situation and assess whether it might be supporting or getting in the way of finding a solution.