( be·LIEFS). Specific cultural conventions concerning true or false assumptions shared by a particular group held as factual or true. People make sense of their world through their belief systems. Their beliefs consist of the conclusions, evaluations, interpretations, and predictions about the world that people hold as factual and true ( Chaffee 1991:187). By forming and reforming their beliefs they seek to know, to understand, and to explain their world and why it is the way it is. A belief becomes a fact when there is conclusive evidence that the belief is accurate. Ideally people would seek to develop beliefs that are as accurate as possible, but unfortunately, the constraining quality of culture mitigates against their doing so. The problem in developing accurate beliefs is one of epistemology—what can be known and how can it be known? This is an important, controversial, and divisive matter in biblical study.
Belief statements are the formal expression of a school's fundamental values and serve as its ethical code. Beliefs describe the moral and ethical character of a school, the compass that guides all activities of the organization. They express the school's overriding convictions, its inviolate commitments. They are statements of convictions, not statements of fact. They outline what members of the school community are willing to "go to the mat" defending. Beliefs are the ultimate "why" behind every action.
the word comes from Old English and means "that which is beloved". A belief is whatever is loved or is valued highly by an individual. We all have beliefs that guide our interpretation of reality. We all have beliefs that interpret our life-situation in selected ways.
assumptions we make about ourselves, about others in the world and about how we expect things to be. Emotionally held options treated as facts and the basis of our everyday decisions, skills and behaviors.
The generalizations we have made about causality, meaning, self, others, behaviors, identity, etc. Our beliefs are what we take as being "true" at any moment. Beliefs guide us guide us in perceiving and interpreting reality. Beliefs relate closely to values. NLP has several belief change patterns.
are our subjective ideas and systems or networks of ideas about what is true and real or not, for us, for others, for the world and society. These ideas and systems are developed throughout our lives as the product of our experience and modified by our perceptual filters, deletions, distortions and generalisations.
mental acceptance of the validity of certain ideas about inanimate objects, animate objects and persons. Belief systems are ideas that help one define what is felt to be the real world and dynamics that influence reality.