The Anatomy of Internalized Beliefs Essay

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the impact that internalized beliefs has on defending world-views that are difficult to challenge. The focus will be on how the belief in the soul and the afterlife is internalized to mediate the fear of death, to determine the importance of culture in guiding particular beliefs, and to hold onto beliefs despite contradictions that oppose them. Internalized beliefs is defined as learned beliefs that have an onset during childhood and is difficult to remove, once it is engraved. According to Ogilvie and Anglin (Revised 2013), it has the ability to “automatically and effortlessly determine the acceptability and unacceptability of ideas coming their way in terms of whether or not the information …show more content…
Oligive and Anglin (Revised 2013) explains that “the primary 'job' of internalized beliefs is to survive at all costs and that requires that they be surrounded by world-views that defend them against being intruded upon by ideas that challenge their reasons for being”. In essence it is saying that no matter how much evidence there is that disproves these beliefs, it is so stubborn that it is difficult to get rid of. Despite evidence that contradicts certain held beliefs, people tend to stick to their initial beliefs, which is the idea of belief perserverance. We are reluctant to give up our initial beliefs since it affects our self-esteem when we are proven wrong. (Ogilvie & Hamilton, 2012, p.115) As a result, people resort to confirmation bias which is “the tendency to seek out evidence that supports our beliefs and neglect or distort evidence that contradicts them” (Ogilvie & Anglin, revised 2013). This is another reason why it is difficult to challenge many of the worldview beliefs. We often times look for things that supports our beliefs, rather on ones that refutes them, since we don't want our beliefs to be wrong. So instead, rather than focusing on evidence that contradicts our beliefs, we stick to looking for evidence in support for them instead. These beliefs usually appear during early onset of childhood. From an early age, we learn this idea of about the existence of the self and have the

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