Thursday, December 14, 2023

Limiting beliefs can be limiting in subconscious and insidious ways

In counseling work, one of the most common things we see is how “limiting beliefs” can affect people’s lives. 

Limiting beliefs like….

I am not good enough

I can’t trust anyone

Bad things will happen to me

I am not worthy of love

People will leave me in the end 

I can’t be who I am 

People don’t accept me for me 

I am bad

Failure is bad

And the list goes on….

Limiting beliefs can be unconscious, subconscious or insidious, and may impact a person’s life in multiple domains without the person even realizing it.  It stems from our personality, our childhood, our past experiences and our unresolved traumas.  

Limiting beliefs are like your handbrakes/parking gear in your car.  You may know where you want to go.  You may be a great driver even.  You may have a V8 engine.  But if your handbrakes and parking gear is on, you may not go far.  

I wonder if you can relate or see this in your patients everyday?

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