Do beliefs affect behavior?
Do beliefs affect people’s behaviors.
Contrary to common beliefs people don’t collect information from the outside world to form new beliefs but they gather new information that supports their already existing beliefs.
This means that believing that someone is ignorant or inept in a certain area will result in changing your behavior in such a way that you will only focus on his mistakes and ignore what he’s actually able to accomplish with success.
Not only can beliefs affect behavior but they can affect your life and shape your entire reality.
How beliefs affect behavior? Here are just a few scenarios..
Beliefs Affect behavior in the following ways:
Limiting beliefs limits people’s potential: Limiting beliefs affects behavior by preventing people from taking certain actions that they would have otherwise took if the belief was not there. An intelligent child might never study and so fails the exams if he believes that he is not intelligent.
Beliefs and information filtering: Just as I said before we filter information based on our beliefs and only absorb the information that matches our belief system. This impacts our behavior by making us biased towards what we believe no matter how much proof is provided. That’s why persuading someone to believe in something against whatever his beliefs are is hard.
Beliefs shape reality: If a guy thinks that he will never find a job (a belief) then he will not become motivated to prepare himself for the job market (change in behavior) and later on when he tries to find a job he will fail (so his belief will become true).
Good reasoning doesn’t come naturally. In fact, people are instinctively terrible reasoners — most of the time, the way our brains work isn’t rational at all. Even if you might have exceptional reasoning skills, we still have to overcome instincts to do as we think is right in your own eyes.
Because they forgot God (Judges 2:10 etc.), and “…every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
That’s how beliefs can shape reality..