I recently read an interesting book by Thomas Kida entitled "Don't Believe Everything You Think". It outlines the six common mistakes we make in our thinking:
1. We prefer stories to statistics.
2. We seek to confirm, not to question, our ideas.
3. We rarely appreciate the role of coincidence and chance in shaping events.
4. We sometimes misperceive the world around us.
5. We tend to oversimplify our thinking.
6. Our memories are often inaccurate.
This book really pushed me out of my comfort zone. It had me taking an honest look at my thinking and my long-held beliefs about myself and the world around me. It brought butterflies to my belly. I was sick as I pondered the possibility that some of the things I thought to be true may not be.
My ego did not want to accept that maybe I'd been wrong about things. That maybe the thoughts I'd created a life with were just that, thoughts, and in many cases, thoughts without any basis in reality.
Why are we so attached to our beliefs and thoughts? Have we defined ourself by them? Is that who we really are? Can we be separated from our thoughts and beliefs? Who would we be without them?