All About the 3 Core Beliefs That Determine How We Make sense of the World Around Us

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What Are Core Beliefs?

There are 3 main core beliefs that we use to make sense of the world around us.

Technically these are known as:

  • The extra-personal beliefs – beliefs about how the ‘world works’ (the world outside of ourselves).
  • The inter-personal beliefs – beliefs about our relationships with other people and the social context (the mechanics of social relationships, social interactions and social settings).
  • The intra-personal beliefs – beliefs about ourselves (introspective beliefs).

In order to make these core beliefs easier to measure and comprehend, psychologists have developed three ‘operationalised’ concepts (below).

Core Beliefs as Measurable Constructs

These terms also represent ‘constructs’ that allow us to measure the strength or conviction of the beliefs contained within each concept which are used extensively within the psychological community.

  • The Locus of Control – extra-personal beliefs about how the world around us works.
  • Social Anxiety (or conformance) – inter-personal beliefs regarding how much we worry about the social rules and regulations governing relationships and social living.
  • Self Esteem – intra-personal beliefs measuring how we think about and evaluate ourselves.

Although these three core beliefs refer to different aspects of personal life, they are also inter-related and have an influence on each other.

Core Beliefs Come from Two Main Sources

All of our beliefs, whether they are core beliefs or more transitory, tend to derive from just two principal sources:

  • Experiential Beliefs – beliefs which we formulate for ourselves based on our own experiences.
  • Socially Acquired Beliefs – beliefs which are given to us to use from the social context (family, friends, social institutions, etc.).

You can read more about these two sources on the links above.

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If you’d like to learn how to overcome your mental health problems but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences and the World around you with the CORE Programme.

If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.

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