What is belief?

  • (noun): Any cognitive content held as true.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Belief

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

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Ishikism - Belief
... the main source for all other religions and beliefs in the world Aleviliğin, on binlerce yıllık geçmişten gelen, bütün inanışları etkilemiş, semavi dinlere başlangıç oluşturmuş asıl kaynak, "Ser ... that Alevism, with its tens of thousands of years of history, has influenced all beliefs and has been the Original Source (the so-called "Serçeşme" - meaning "Beginnin ... 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 ... 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 ...
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 ... The development of Hitler's ideology of Aryans as a 'master' race is one example of this belief ...
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, then ... 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 ...
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 belief statements due to an ... professionals and researchers treat delusions as if they were genuine beliefs ...

More definitions of "belief":

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

Famous quotes containing the word belief:

    We are as great as our belief in human liberty—no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.
    Archibald MacLeish (1892–1982)

    Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action.
    Cyril Connolly (1903–1974)

    And when religious sects ran mad,
    He held, in spite of all his learning,
    That if a man’s belief is bad,
    It will not be improved by burning.
    Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802–1839)