New beliefs impact our human connections. Upgrading our beliefs to those that serve us better creates tremors throughout the rest of our lives. One such major shake-up is our sense of belonging. Humans are tribal creatures, even in our modern world.
Changing our beliefs and reframing our world changes how we relate to our current communities and can threaten our sense of belonging. Humans resist change, even change for the better, if they fear losing their community and the resulting isolation.
This risk and cost can be mitigated.
The first strategy for mitigation is acceptance. You can accept the beliefs of your current community, just as you accept yourself and the previous beliefs you held. You can think of beliefs as models that work more or work less.
Without the need to hold onto previous beliefs as part of a survival mechanism, you no longer need to be defensive. This self-confidence will allow you to be part of many communities that have a wide variety of models for themselves and the world.
The second strategy for mitigation is the availability of supportive new communities. With new beliefs, your openness to the world will reveal new relationships and communities that enhance your new models and beliefs.
This will allow you to step into a new world that supports refinement of and improvement on the new models you have developed for yourself, providing the opportunity for more honest, open, and supportive relationships and even new friendships.
Your imagined loss becomes a gain. With these two strategies in mind, your more primitive survival mechanism will be able to incorporate new beliefs and models without fear of isolation and loneliness.
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