Why do I sometimes take a story as true?
When I investigate specific beliefs in specific situations, I sometimes find a simple answer:
I see it as valuable to take the story as true, I think it may be helpful. It may help me get what I want, which is often a sense of safety.
There are a couple of related questions here:
Why does attention tend to go to beliefs?
And why is there sometimes a draw to suffering and staying is suffering?
It seems that one answer is the same: I see it as valuable. I think it will give me what it want. I hope it will give me safety.
Some beliefs here:
About taking a story as true: Believing this story keeps me safe. Taking this story as true helps me take care of myself.
About attention going to beliefs: Ruminating keeps me safe. Ruminating helps me figure it out.
About suffering: Suffering helps me mature, grow, find clarity. Suffering shows I want to better myself. Suffering shows I want something else than what’s here.