Belief affects the reality in which we live, coloring our experiences, this in turn is reflected in our personality and manifested in our behaviors. Beliefs are a foundation on which personality grows. They set the impression about how a situation will be experienced. Emotions are tied to the ebb and flow of life. The experience of an emotion may be momentary but the affect lasting. Emotions are episodic and beliefs are abstract. Some beliefs are held tightly, others loosely. They can be set or malleable. Beliefs are a filter by which we process other influences in our lives. Beliefs help us define our personal philosophy of life. Belief systems are crucial factors in the development and refinement of personality. They’re our scaffold of reacting to life situations and events. Whether cultural, environmental, biological, religious, or personal (worth and esteem, for examples), belief systems affect identity and behavior.
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