Believing what we’re told

11 Sep 2016

If we’re told something and it becomes continuous, after a while we will begin to believe that what we’re told.

For example if we’re told we’re stupid, we’ll eventually come to believe that we are that perhaps the other person is right. They clearly know something about us that we’ve missed, which allows them to call us stupid, but how wrong we are. When someone projects their views on us, they’re have already projected those same views on themselves, by calling us stupid.

As children we don’t stop to question things, until we stop and question. The less we question or look at, the more of an emotional rut we get into, the more we will eventually punish ourselves. Although I never got myself into an emotional rut, I carried others’ guilt as a child. It’s only when I began to delve deeper that I came to realise, the guilt I carried was never my guilt to carry.

Unfortunately, what we think doesn’t always end there. It’s made the more difficult when those who are responsible, don’t accept responsibility or come forward and apologise for the part they’ve played in our lives. We would get to have and deal with less guilt, less depression and less mental illness if others took responsibility for their actions, which do affect us.

There are always other factors in dealing with depression and mental illness including a chemical imbalance, but carrying less emotional baggage, will always help lighten the load and stop us wanting to punish ourselves.

4 Responses to “Believing what we’re told”

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  1. Tim 11. Sep, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    People will sell you anything until they realize you have a brain, and even then sometimes they think you’re made of straw.

    But it’s very obvious that people like that are both angry and afraid of who you really are.

    • Ilana 11. Sep, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

      Thanks Tim. Yes you’re absolutely right. I would just add though, they probably also feel threatened by what we know, perhaps because they know less than we do; and don’t like that we do.

      There is no excuse for bad behaviour, particularly when we’re on the receiving end and believe the things we’re told and we’re dealing with abuse.

  2. Brad 12. Sep, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    There is an old saying, ‘if the cap fits, wear it.’ Even as a child, I never subscribed to this, preferring to believe myself first and only question what I tell myself.

    • Ilana 12. Sep, 2016 at 8:56 am #

      Whilst I agree with you in theory that only works if you have the support from others who encourage freedom of speech and free thinking.

      That unfortunately isn’t true for everyone. Many of us, myself included, weren’t that lucky.

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