Errors in Thinking and Irrational Belief
IRRATIONAL BELIEFS 4
Irrational beliefs are the assumptions that people hold to be trueconcerning different aspects of their life. These beliefs are used togauge an individual’s level of accomplishment in life, as well asdetermine whether an individual have served his purpose. In the eventthat an individual feels a sense of accomplishment, the psychologicalwellbeing of the person is boosted through positive thinking of self,as well as positive emotions. In most cases, happy individuals mayfeel that they have actualized their ambitions thus enjoying thestretch of life ell lived.
However, the irrational beliefs tend to overstate the expectationsof an individual in life, ranging from the way individuals handletheir problems to the way they interact with other people. Forinstance, the irrational belief that there is a perfect solution tohuman problems exacts unnecessary pressure to an individual’s mindas they look for the perfect solution (Ellis, 2001). Apparently,error proof solutions do not exist, and a person can become insanelooking for a flawless solution to his problems.
A utopian situation in life only exists in the imagination ofindividuals, but not in reality. People will always want to make moreand more accomplishments, and they need other people to do so. Thepoint is that people will always disturb each other in their dailyinteractions. Therefore, the belief disturbances from other peopleare horrible can hinder a person from achieving his goals as no manis an island. Further, the belief that an individual’s presentexclusively depends on one’s past is a serious setback in achievinglife goals (Ellis, 2001). Although the past might influence thefuture chances of an individual, every day in life brings lots ofopportunities which can improve the status of an individual. Thoughimportant, the past does not entirely affect the life of anindividual, and things might play differently from how they did inthe past.
Conclusively, irrational beliefs can lead to serious psychologicalproblems, especially because the beliefs results to unnecessarypressure on the minds of individuals. Such beliefs should be avoidedand individuals should be encouraged to face daily challengesseparately, without dwelling on the past.
Ellis, A. (2001). Overcoming destructive beliefs, feelings,and behaviors: New directions for rational emotive behavior therapy.Amherst, N.Y: Prometheus Books.