What is belief?

  • (noun): A vague idea in which some confidence is placed.
    Example: "It strengthened my belief in his sincerity"
    Synonyms: impression, feeling, notion, opinion
    See also — Additional definitions below


Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true.

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Delusional Beliefs
... Delusions are defined as beliefs in psychiatric diagnostic criteria (for example in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) ... Berrios has challenged the view that delusions are genuine beliefs and instead labels them as "empty speech acts", where affected persons are motivated to express false or bizarre ... and researchers treat delusions as if they were genuine beliefs ...
Argumentum Ad Populum - Explanation
... It is logically fallacious because the mere fact that a belief is widely-held is not necessarily a guarantee that the belief is correct if the belief of any individual can be wrong ... a confusion between the justification of a belief and its widespread acceptance by a given group of people ... When an argument uses the appeal to the beliefs of a group of supposed experts, it takes on the form of an appeal to authority if the appeal is to the beliefs of a group of respected elders ...
Group Conflict - Intergroup Conflict - Belief Domains That Contribute To Intergroup Conflict
... Superiority At an individual level, this belief revolves around a person's enduring notion that he or she is better than other people in important ways ... At the group level, this translates into the belief that one's own group has a superior cultural heritage (e.g ... of Aryans as a 'master' race is one example of this belief ...
Ishikism - Belief
... Religion" of the world, is claimed to have been the main source for all other religions and beliefs in the world Aleviliğin, on binlerce yıllık geçmişten ... its truth, that Alevism, with its tens of thousands of years of history, has influenced all beliefs and has been the Original Source (the so-called "Serçe ... A good example of this belief can be found in the translation of the book The Cathars The Most Successful Heresy of the Middle Ages (2005) by Sean Martins ...
Argumentum Ad Populum - Exceptions
... Appeal to belief is valid only when the question is whether the belief exists ... Appeal to popularity is therefore valid only when the questions are whether the belief is widespread and to what degree ... ad populum only proves that a belief is popular, not that it is true ...

More definitions of "belief":

  • (noun): Any cognitive content held as true.

Famous quotes containing the word belief:

    ‘Intellectualism’ is the belief that our mind comes upon a world complete in itself, and has the duty of ascertaining its contents; but has no power of re-determining its character, for that is already given.
    William James (1842–1910)

    I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.
    Aleister Crowley (1875–1947)

    It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
    Thomas Paine (1737–1809)