The Beneficial Effect of Psychological Filters: How Our Beliefs Shape Reality

I've always been fascinated by psychology since it profoundly impacts our lives, and, to a significant extent, we get to choose our psychology. Jordan Peterson believes that because the Bible was the first book published and thus had such a significant influence on everything else, it has molded how we view the world for the last 2000 years. The theory is that because it provided specific standards and truths, those values shaped how we view the world, so it became THE Truth rather than just truth. He referred to the lens through which we observe society and the world.

Whether you believe the Bible is the filter today or was the filter in the past, we all indeed create a filter through which to perceive the world. This filter is formed due to what is fed into our psyche. If we had a horrible childhood, it will influence how we view the world. If we were exposed to racist, sexist, or corrupt material as children, we would consider the world through that lens, which will serve as our filter. The best aspect, though, is that you can modify your filter. This is why it is critical to change your circle.

If you choose to surround yourself with people who have a different perspective or filter on the world, you might begin to modify your perspective and hence your filter. This is often done instinctively, but it can also be done actively if desired. Begin to consider why you see the world the way you do. If you have strong negative feelings about something, consider whether those feelings are accurate and how they affect your life. This is one of the reasons counseling is so effective. It allows you to reevaluate and challenge how we perceive or view the world.

This is why reading and participating in groups to help you become the person you want to be are so vital. We are all given information or perspectives that are only sometimes correct, and if we investigate why we feel and think the way we do, we will never change because the filter through which we view the world is insufficiently accurate for our requirements. Examining how we see the world and why we see it that way is critical. The only catch is that to take a step back and look; you must be willing to let go of everything you believe to be true.

You cannot be biased if you choose to look at these things. Recognize that long-held beliefs may be incorrect and must be revised. However, you can examine things critically and decide whether they are valid and should be retained. This is usually best done with a counselor because genuinely analyzing deeply held beliefs is difficult to become objective about. I recommend everyone reconsider the filter they use to perceive the world and see whether it needs to be adjusted. This is one of the ways we determine our own ideology and path.

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