Is belief voluntary or involuntary?

Some great minds have theorized that the formation of belief is mostly an involuntary process. True, anyone can investigate information in order to form beliefs. However, that person may well reach automatic conclusions based on their background. This theory is supported by the fact that many people only accept information that supports their already existing belief system. They may even accept narrow and specific “truths”, rather than fathom more broadly challenging studies that result from analyzing a variety of cultures and perspectives.

Imagination can play an important part in shaping a person’s belief system, whether for creating further core and dispositional beliefs, modifying information or perpetuating the belief further. Emotion can play an important part in belief. This is observed in cases of individuals, who might deny contradictions when they are unable to refute said arguments out of an adherence to a belief they have become emotionally vested in. Sometimes, when there is a lack of evidence suggesting any solid fact, belief can become fused with speculation or even faith. This happens when assumptive data cannot be reconciled to the external world.

Do you ever think any slightly negative thoughts about something and then they come true? How can you change your beliefs to be positive and actually believe what you really want to have happen in your life – so then you can manifest that reality?

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