Thinking you’re stupid all the time is a nightmare. Early ideas about you can sometimes stick. If you were brainwashed into thinking you never had anything to say and were stupid when you were a child maybe that conditioning is spoiling life for you now. We humans like to think we are right even when being ‘right’ means holding onto limiting and damaging beliefs about you. In order to really begin to recognize your own intelligence and positive mental qualities you will have to let go of ‘having to be right’ about your being stupider than you really are.
People who automatically feel they are stupid will be selective with the evidence that life presents to them about themselves. For example if they do well at something they might say: ‘Well anybody could have done that!’ They might give the credit for their own intelligence to other people by saying: ‘Well that went well because Lucy or George really helped me it wouldn’t have worked without their help.
So strong is the early brainwashing that they are dumb that their mind tries to maintain the early conditioning by ‘making excuses’ for any evidence that doesn’t fit the ‘I’m stupid’ label. Its important for future happiness and success to leave this habit behind and soon. Because if we truly believe we are stupid and others think we are we may subconsciously start to act more stupidly producing a self-fulfilling prophecy. Self concepts can actually mold our behavior.
Living with limiting ideas about ourselves means we live in more restricted ways than we need to. Maybe someone told you that you were stupid and you believed them because you were young or they have some authority. Perhaps you have applied black or white simplistic standards to yourself and this perfectionist approach has left you, inevitably, feeling you are no good.
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