These explorations into my false beliefs are complicated by the fact that I don’t know what I’m talking about. If I knew what my false beliefs are, it would be easier to work on what is wrong with my thinking, but I, probably like most people, think my ideas are all right because they are what I have learned from previous experience. They work for me.

Perhaps that is the crux of the problem, because thinking is made up of a lifetime of problem-solving that reinforced former beliefs. Whatever was believed when our ideas were first being formed as a child, or at any age, sets the groundwork for the next set of personal beliefs for how to solve the next problems we encounter. These reinforce the previous ideas and after thousands of confrontations with reality, we form habits that are in line with what has worked for us in the past.

The problem with that method of solving our problems is that it is based on infantile beliefs which had little experience upon which to base responsible adult actions.