Why It’s So Difficult To Change Our Minds?

Why It’s So Difficult To Change Our Minds?

February 2, 2020 by Prasad Amore0

Do you believe that CAA allegedly violates the secular identity of the country?  Believe that while the CAA is innocuous?

What shapes your perceptions about your current political scenario.  One thing that shapes perceptions in the public, about spiritual faiths and political convictions; belief systems, and biases.

We form beliefs and judge as good or bad that lead us to form coalitions with fellow like-minded people of our group and to deprecate others who hold differing beliefs.  We are naturally inclined to dismantle their beliefs as nonsense or evil.

Whatever it may be your beliefs, your beliefs are buffeted by biases.  You love to give value the opinions of an authority or the tendency to hold beliefs that other people in your social group hold because of the social reinforcement.

Human belief systems are very powerful.  Once a belief is formed, the brain begins to look for and find confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs and construct our own individual world, finding evidence that supports what we already believe.  People think they know more than they do or they underestimate what they don’t know.  We are never directly in touch with reality as such because these filters prevent us from seeing the world as it is, these filter mechanisms are our sensory systems and our brain.  Our tendency to notice and assign significance to observations that confirm our beliefs and expectations while rationalizing away observations that do not.

Cognitive dissonance those shape biases and perceptions that people have about science.  But then, there’s literacy and misinformation that keep us boxed in, how do we step out of the boxes that are cornering our perceptions?

Take an inventory of your own biases.  Where do they come from?  Your upbringing, your political perspective, your faith – what shapes your own biases?  Then, evaluate your sources – where do you get your information?  What do you read, what do you listen.  Talk about how you evaluated your biases and evaluated.

Are you engaging in confirmation bias?  Are you only looking for information to support what you already think?

We are more capable than any other species of self-deception and illusion of fooling ourselves.  Our brains are the most complex and sophisticated information processing machines in the universe.  The truth is out there although it may be difficult to find.

Prasad Amore

Prasad Amore is a Licensed Rehab. Psychologist by RCI, Govt. of India. The 2nd Indian who has achieved the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma through National Qualification Framework of British Government. He is a psychological consultant and trainer helping individuals suffering with mental health issues and other psychological problems. He is a freelance writer and authored 5 books in Psychology and Social Science.

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