There’s a collection of language patterns called “sleight of mouth” that can pretty much destroy any argument.
Most people are kind of shocked to believe that almost ALL of what we “believe” is true really isn’t.
It’s really only one way of looking at things.
Bottom line is humans a pretty simple creatures. Our minds are hard wired to be very quick, or not very accurate.
One of the many ways this shows up in how we “link” two things out in “reality.”
And unless that linkage is based on exhaustive scientific studies with rigorous double blind testing (something that’s almost NEVER done, btw) we really don’t know for sure.
Since most “studies” are VERY EXPENSIVE, they need to be paid for. And then tend to come out to “verify” whatever the money source wanted to verify.
Anyhow, back to those language patterns. One of them is called the “Model of the World” pattern.
Somebody tells you a limiting belief. Instead of disagreeing with them, or flat out telling them they are wrong (which most people do and only makes them dig in more) you can say, “Hmm, that’s an interesting way of looking at things.”
Then you can conversationally bring up other “interesting ways of looking at things” and let your friend or conversation partner, ON THEIR OWN, realize that there really are MANY models of the world.
However, as humans, this is pretty tough to do on your own.
If you’ve ever seen those goofy hypnotist shows where they convince people there are tiny people in their watch, or the number three has vanished, it’s clear that we are VERY GOOD at ignoring stuff we don’t want to see.
So often times our “models of the world” are really only to protect our egos, or keep us “safe” even though there’s really no danger.
Most people are ruled by fear, but at the same time won’t ever admit they feel ANY fear.
Simply admitting that irrational fear is standing between where you are and what you want makes you feel like you’re destroying your own ego.
When was the last time you heard a friend say, “Well, I’d like to do that but I’m afraid, so I won’t.”
Rarely, if ever.
They usually have some kind of logical sounding reason. Something that makes perfect sense. And keeps them safely in their protective comfort zone.
Of course, you know that the ONLY WAY to get the good stuff in life is to get outside your comfort zone.
And the EASIEST way to do that is to simply admit to yourself that you’re afraid. And then proceed to dismantle that fear, piece by piece.