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Happiness - The Art of Disputing Your False Ideas and Thoughts

Disputing false ideas and thoughts is a powerful method not only to control our negative emotions, but to also raise our level of happiness and improve the quality of our lives. This article aims to introduce you to this highly efficacious therapeutic approach.

Now that you have identified one of your false ideas and thoughts, there comes the time to question and challenge it. And you can do that by using a powerful method called "disputing." Although I have been introduced to this therapeutic method through the comprehensive work of late Dr. Albert Ellis -- founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) -- this approach was originally invented thousands of years ago by various philosophers -- some of them Asian, and others Greek and Roman.

First and and foremost, don't worry: Disputing false ideas and thoughts has nothing to do with a hostile or aggressive method. Very far from that. This therapeutic approach rather consists in comparing what we think -- our ideas, thoughts, and beliefs -- with reality. As I have pointed out in my article titled "How to Distinguish Between True, False, and Uncertain Ideas," reality is purely defined by what actually exists -- what is, no more, no less. To sum it up, "disputing" simply consists in questioning our false ideas and thoughts.

In this regard, here are some useful questions to help ourselves challenging our unhealthy thoughts:
  • Where is the evidence to support the existence of this idea?
  • Is this idea consistent with reality?
  • How can I prove this idea?
  • If this idea is true, how can I prove it?
  • If this idea is false, how can I prove it?
Let's face it: When it comes to disputing our thoughts and beliefs, we'd better be demanding with ourselves. As a matter of fact, not only the things we believe most may be false, but the things we particularly find absurd may well be fundamentally true. Finally, what we believe to be uncertain or questionable may be true or false.

Now, let's assume that we have clearly demonstrated that one of our ideas is false. The real truth is it will not change much at once... alas, it won't. Remember: We are most possibly used to thinking this false idea for years. But how do we change an habit, regardless of its cognitive or behavioral nature? Is it not by replacing it by a different habit? And how do we acquire a different habit? Is it not by repeating the same idea or the same action?

We may have unconsciously made a habit of thinking unhealthy thoughts, but the good news is we can consciously change them by training ourselves -- through repetition and demonstration -- to think healthier ideas and beliefs, and thus raise our level of happiness and improve the quality of our lives.

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Chantal Beaupre is an Emotional Mastery Coach, a Naturopath, an Independent Licensed LifeSuccess Consultant, and a business partner of Bob Proctor-as seen in "The Secret" movie. Her passion is to provide men and women who are ready to raise their level of happiness and improve the quality of their lives with practical tools, challenging ideas, resources, and helpful information through the power of the Internet.

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