When the evidence that underlies core beliefs is challenged, the core beliefs can be changed. However, this can be difficult, because not all evidence is treated equally. Information that supports a core belief is easily integrated, making the belief stronger. Information that does not support a belief tends to be ignored.
The Core Beliefs: Examining the Evidence worksheet will help clients review the evidence for and against their core beliefs, including evidence they may have rejected. The first page teaches the information processing model by presenting a completed example. The second page is a blank template for clients to examine and challenge their core belief.
Clients should have a basic understanding of core beliefs, and they should have identified at least one of their own core beliefs, before using this worksheet. For more information about core beliefs, check out the following resources:
1. Beck, J. S. (2011). Cognitive behavior therapy: Basics and beyond (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.