According to research, we all do this, ADD ADHD or not:
Most of our beliefs come from our emotional responses; we then dig up data to support them.
If we come across information that refutes or doesn’t support our belief, we either don’t notice it or we refute it, often attacking the messenger.
I believe that the Bible is frequently misused this way. People choose their belief, then they go find a verse to support it, often by distorting the meaning and/or taking it out of context. They ignore all the other verses that go against their belief. Then they sincerely believe that their belief is based on the Bible.
If someone argues against our belief, we dig up everything we can to defend it and in the process, our belief becomes more firmly held.
We often confuse our beliefs with fact.
Tip of the Day: Question your beliefs. Examine what you have based them on.
Bonus Tip o the Day: It can be useful to discuss beliefs with someone to understand where they’re coming from; it is usually useless to argue with someone if you’re hoping to change their mind.
Quote o the Day: “A mind made up is a mind made up.”
(I made that up myself, so is it really a quote?)
Bonus Quote o the Day: “I’m not arguing with you; I’m just trying to help you understand why I’m right.”
Bonus bonus tip: I never promise to do anything; I say, “I’ll try.”