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May 9, 2013

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There’s no doubt about it.  We live in a world that is moving faster and faster all the time.  The amount of information hurled at us daily is remarkable. And it is ever-increasing.  It has been said (Dr. Wayne Dyer is one of the people who talks about this when he encourages practicing meditation) that the average person experiences more than 60,000 thoughts each day.  That’s a lot of ideas to toss around.

This could seem like a wonderful thing.  Information is great, right?  I mean the more we know, the better we can become.   Well – – – maybe.  As with many things, it is easy to confuse quality with quantity.  What we are seeing in this fast-paced world of ours, is a continuous growth in the quantity of information, but not necessarily the quality.  Quite the opposite, actually.  ANYBODY can represent ANYTHING.  The line between fact and opinion is thinning.

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And make no mistake about it, words are powerful things!  Words not only influence which products we do or don’t buy, they influence what we think and most significantly, what we believe.

People act based on what their beliefs are.  Put simply, when people read the written word, they develop thoughts about the information they are reading.  As they absorb the information and continue to develop thoughts, beliefs are formed.  Once a belief is formed, it may then be converted into action.  This process is the bases of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy one of the most effective types of therapy used world-wide for treatment of many mental health issues and disorders. 

The following example helps to demonstrate how this works:  You and your partner haven’t been getting along very well lately.  You mention it to your friend who then recounts a tale of a woman who learned her husband was cheating on her.  You dismiss the thought instantly (or so you think). 

What do you think you are most likely to believe when your husband then calls to say he will be home later than usual because something unexpected has come up? 

The seed was formed by the thought which is quickly forming a belief. 

How do you think you will greet your husband (the action/behavior based on the belief) when he gets home? 

The formula is a simple one :  thoughts —–> beliefs ——> behaviors.

So, be aware of this when you color your own words. Write responsibly.  Your words matter!

ABOUT ME

I’m a licensed clinical social worker and have worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. I combine professional experience in the mental health field along with my love of writing to provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. I hope my down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life is easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

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