Negative Core Beliefs

How they affect your life

Shirley J. Davis


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All of us have core beliefs that we hold about ourselves. These beliefs shape who we fundamentally are and how we behave.

This article, the first in this series, will focus on core beliefs what they are, and how they affect our lives.

What are Core Beliefs?

Core beliefs are the ideas that we hold about ourselves that are just below the surface. These beliefs affect how we treat ourselves, our relationships, and the rest of the world.

We gain core beliefs through interacting and interpreting the world around us and develop thinking that rules how we get our needs met. While many core beliefs are helpful, there are times when we become flooded with negative emotions. We may believe we are unlovable or feel the world is very unsafe.

It is helpful if we find ourselves bogged down in depression and anxiety to take a hard look at our core beliefs and adjust whenever possible. Some core beliefs are deeply ingrained. Often, people who are experiencing the effects of negative core beliefs will need the help of a mental health professional to change them.

But first, we need to identify what our core beliefs are.

Identifying Your Core Beliefs

To find and change our core beliefs from negative to positive or neutral, we must first identify any problematic thoughts that are bouncing around in our heads. These are automatic thoughts and come into our minds without any conscious thought.

To recognize these troubling thoughts, we need to take time to sit quietly when we are not edgy or anxious and observe what we are thinking. We shouldn’t ponder if these thoughts are false or true, instead, just observe them without judgment.

Another way to identify troubling thoughts that echo our core beliefs is to observe when your mood shifts drastically or you feel yourself becoming enraged. Your goal isn’t to spend time ruminating, rather, it is important to label your thoughts and notice what they contain. By identifying these thoughts, it might be better to write them down so you can examine them later when you are in a better mood.



Shirley J. Davis

I am an author/speaker/grant writer in the U.S. My passion is authoring information about mental health disorders, especially dissociative identity disorder..