In the past two posts we talked about mental models and beliefs. Mental models are the decision rules encoded in childhood and beliefs are the conscious expression of these tacit influences. Assumptions are the product of beliefs applied to experience and insure that the basis of our readiness to respond to internal or external stimuli is rarely unbiased. Since we contribute to what we see we tend to validate our assumptions on a daily if not continuous basis; even when they are based on limiting mental models and distorted beliefs. That is one reason why it is often helpful to challenge or validate your assumptions against objective reality.
You can begin to appreciate the complexity of gaining objective self-knowledge. In tomorrow’s post we will explore how we explain what we believe and assume about ourselves and others.