Infant Achilles was dipped in the river Styx by his mother, holding onto him by his heel, and he became invulnerable, except the areas of his heel that were covered by her thumb and forefinger. Which later in his life became the cause of his defeat as was struck by an arrow.
Like Achilles, all of us have our vulnerable spot. We fight gallantly and manage to get across things and responsibilities, but when the negative core belief is triggered, we find it difficult to manage it, and may end up being disturbed. Everyone has a negative core belief.
Dr. Aaron Beck the founder of cognitive behaviour therapy largely divides core beliefs in three. I am Helpless - I am worthless - I am unlovable. These three core beliefs branch out in more than 100s of negative core belief. Negative Core beliefs are nothing but a thought about self around which we have woven out thoughts and behaviors. This individual core belief triggers the intermediate beliefs and then automatic thoughts. So what, seems like an automatic thought, in fact originates from our core beliefs.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Similarly, the same situation will trigger different negative core belief and contribute to disturbance. Negative core belief like Achilles heel is present to everyone, as no one is immune to this paradox. Find your negative core beliefs and next time you are disturbed, mostly it's not the situation or the other person but rather your own belief.
Himali Kelvekar, Student of English literature with a minor in communication, media and Psychology at christ university, Bangalore with a on-ground work experience in content writing ,editing,designing and public relations.
Sahil Takshak A student of Delhi University. Writing is my first love. Passionate about fitness, travelling, human psychology, cooking, politics, music, movies and books.