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Which Animal Matches Your Personal Belief System?

Which Animal Matches Your Personal Belief System?

“Whatever your mind can conceive and can believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you”. – Louise Hay

Quotes like these shine a light on how powerful our beliefs are. As thinking beings, we develop an opinion about ourselves and begin to perceive the world around us in a chosen way. This opinion is reinforced and grows into a ‘Personal Operating System,’ a belief system which influences our behaviour and the behaviour of others we come in contact with.

Everything we see, experience, choose, think and feel is influenced by our personal beliefs.

The animal kingdom has been an ideal source of inspiration for me to portray some of the different types of beliefs people hold about themselves.

Which animal best matches your personal belief system?

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The Butterfly

    The Butterfly knows life is too short to waste. This person enjoys trying new things and has a purpose behind every move, never acting randomly. Life changes are embraced gracefully, and opportunities are taken before they disappear!

    Personal Belief: “I must be swift in adapting to changes and quick in finding new opportunities.”

    Tip: Life can be short, but do take time to smell the flowers and enjoy the moment.

    The Cat

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      While the Cat likes to feel in control of his or her environment, any outside influences provoke anxiety, stress and disappointment. Feeling very attached to things, people and places, this individual avoids major life changes.

      Personal Belief: “I need to be perfect, because only then can I control my life.”

      Tip: The truth is, perfect beings don’t exist. There would be no growth in such a world. Accept imperfections and enjoy your journey of improvement and change. Growth comes with change.

      The Donkey

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        The Donkey is very often misunderstood and mistreated. This person has a philosophical approach to life that makes him or her seem stubborn. This individual has a certain calmness and full acceptance of circumstances which are beyond his or her control.  As a result, stress, pain and fear are stoically hidden. You can hardly get a reaction from this person.

        Personal Belief: “If I can’t change it, why bother? I avoid anxiety because it comes from the inside, and that I can control.”

        Tip: This stoic approach is very handy in keeping calm and stress free, but being too detached can negatively impact one’s relationships. Keep it balanced and don’t hesitate to expresses your emotions when necessary.

        The Owl

          This loner has an insightful nature and uses all senses (including the sixth) for guidance. While spending time in solitude, the Owl conjures the next big move, which makes him or her seem methodical. This great observer fills in gaps by gaining knowledge to solve any problems he or she comes across. Socializing and partnerships are usually seen as a waste of precious time.

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          Personal Belief: “I don’t need anybody’s help. I can do it on my own.”

          Tip: Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Allow room for mistakes, because you learn a lot from them. Try teaming up with others. Behind every great venture is a team of two or more people driven by the same will and force.

          Are you the opportunist, the perfectionist, the philosopher or the loner? Which animal best matches your personal belief system? Whatever they are, your personal beliefs must serve you and harness progress. As a child, I was taught not talk to strangers, and I grew up with a belief that people cannot be trusted. That belief may have served me well as a child and kept me away from trouble. Does such a belief serve me well now? Not anymore. As an adult with new ventures, holding such a belief could hinder me from making new friends, expanding my network and partnering up with other like-minded people. My new empowering belief is: “I can be trusted, so others can be trusted too. I attract sincere people into my life who believe in me.”

          Do your personal beliefs serve you well? Do they help or prevent you from reaching your full potential? And how would your life look if you didn’t hold such beliefs about yourself? These are just a few questions to ask yourself. Your answers may surprise you.

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          Who Says All Introverts Hate Socializing? Here’s The Truth About Introvert And Extrovert

          Who Says All Introverts Hate Socializing? Here’s The Truth About Introvert And Extrovert

          You think you may know the difference between introverts and extroverts – the common misconception is that introverts are shy and don’t like to socialize, and that extroverts are outgoing and love to be in the spotlight. But actually, there is much more to it when you scrape the surface. These two personality types are different in how they recharge their batteries and how they respond to stimuli from the environment.

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            For example, being at a party, surrounded by noise and people, or taking up a challenging hobby pumps extroverts with energy. On the other hand, introverts don’t actually shy away from social gatherings, but to recharge, they need some time alone. While extroverts would stay all night at a party and feel energized, introverts would come to the party, enjoy for a while, but after some time, they would feel the need to go home and be with their thoughts.

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            Extroverts and introverts differ in how they react to stimuli

            A research conducted by Michael Cohen and a team of scientists required introverts and extroverts to perform a gambling task, and the extroverts’ response when the gamble they took paid off was much stronger.[1] Thus, it comes as no surprise that they just love adventure and novelty, and it is all due to a genetic difference in our brains. This research indicated that introverts and extroverts process rewards in a different way, and it all has to do with our dopamine system.

            Carl Jung was the one who popularized the terms “introvert” and “extrovert”, but in the 1960s Hans Eysenck proposed that the differences in behavior of these two personality types exist due to differences in brain psychology.[2] Furthermore, he stated that introverts and extroverts have different levels of arousal – extroverts have lower levels of arousal thus they seek excitement to raise that level, while introverts are stimulated more easily so they try to keep excitement at a minimum and consequently keep arousal at the minimum.

            Moreover, these personality types also differ in how they process stimuli. As research suggests, extroverts have faster processing brains, as the pathway of stimuli is much shorter than in introverts’ brains, as this diagram suggests.[3]

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              It’s all about the dopamine, which makes extroverts want to seek additional stimuli

              Extroverts’ need to seek additional stimuli, which results in constantly seeking new hobbies and interests and cherishing the unfamiliar, may be the result of their genetic code which controls the dopamine function that forces them to look for new experiences.[4] Moreover, extroverts are more likely to seek out situations that will provide them with reward because of their dopamine system.[5]

              On the other hand, introverts prefer acetylcholine, which is another neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine also creates that pleasant feeling, but it’s related to introspection. For that reason, introverts don’t need to seek external stimuli to feel good. That is why extroverts might come off as easily distracted by new things, while introverts seem more focused.

              Introverts vs extroverts: how they react in certain situations

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                It’s weekend, and time to go out, but it was a tiring week. What would extroverts do? They would definitely call some friends and go out. What would introverts do? They would rather stay at home and catch up on their reading or favorite show.

                You need to make plans for the next week. What would extroverts do? They would probably think “Why do I need to make plans? I’ll just wait and see how things unfold, and see what I would like to do.” And introverts? They would definitely have to think before deciding something and make some plans in advance.

                There is a business meeting and you have a great idea. What would extroverts do? They would definitely speak their mind and pitch their idea without thinking twice. And introverts? They would stay quiet, and speak only if someone asks for their opinion.

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                You need to move to a different place. How would extroverts feel? “Great, something new, I can’t wait to move!” And introverts? It would feel as a torture for them, as they struggle to accept changes.

                It is not possible to say that extroverts are better than introverts or vice versa. Every personality type has its good sides and bad sides, and every person should take the time to really understand and accept themselves.

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