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Are You Gullible?

Do you believe Every Thing you're told?

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Do you automatically believe everything anyone tells you?

Man Walking Misty Straight Path
Probably not. How could you? You don't yet know the facts, you only have one side of the story. So how can you decide in advance? This cautious stance avoids prejudice, the chance of you pre-judging the situation.

You only decide whether or not to believe something after investigating it. The larger the impact, the more time you’ll spend checking it out, which helps to make the outcome less stressful.

For instance, when someone says it’s warm outside, the consequences of believing them are usually unimportant, so there’s little point in thorough investigation. But if someone tells you to invest a large sum of money today and promises you'll get double tomorrow, prudence suggests you perhaps ought to investigate first!

A cautious stance has considerable value in the outside world.

Do you believe Every Thought you get?

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But what about the internal world?

Your internal world can cause much stress, because:

Your self-sabotage mechanism will sometimes hijack your mind
to give you thoughts that are not true!

Yet when the self-sabotage mechanism takes over your mind to give you a thought, a reaction, or an emotion, do you automatically believe it? Do you automatically act on it? Or do you treat it the same as a thought given to you by someone else? Do you also investigate carefully?

If you automatically believe the thoughts that someone else - or your mind - gives you, you’re gullible. If you never believe the thoughts that you're given, you’re cynical. Both outlooks can lead to stress, because both mean you are predictable. And being predictable allows you to be manipulated!

But when you investigate a thought - either from someone else or your own mind, you’re being cautious. This is the skeptical stance. As a skeptic you investigate for yourself. Why? Because you know you will bear the consequences!

Food for Thought

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"We are what we believe we are."

Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870 – 1938)
well-known American lawyer and Supreme Court Justice


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