A member of our athletic trainer team alerted us to Dr. Jeremy Clifton at University of Pennsylvania. His team has been investigating the core beliefs that form our world view. It’s fascinating and relevant to your health and well-being.

Dr. Clifton has done exhaustive research. This lead to his theory of “Primal World Beliefs” or “Primals.” Among other things, his team has analyzed over 80,00 tweets and 1,727 quotes from 358 important texts. They’ve also studied influential movies and interviewed hundreds of people.

They have identified 22 basic Primal World Beliefs. Good is the umbrella primal. 17 “Little Primals” fall under what Clifton calls “The Big Three”: Safe, Enticing and Alive. These Primals have positive connotations. And people’s views are formed based whether they feel good or bad about that primal. (Learn more here)

Say the you score high on Good, Enticing and Alive. Then you’ll probably be trusting, have a growth mindset and feel grateful.

The other 5 Primals don’t relate to good or bad. They’re more about states of being like Interconnected, Changing and Hierarchical.

Primals predict our joys and sorrows. That intrigued our athletic trainer.

He noted that our Primals vary a lot. That they more or less the same over time. And that they correlate to our feeling of wellbeing or not. And that since they’re stable how we view the world is also fixed.

Dr. Clifton believes: We can probably change our Primals. And that can change our world view.

Here at elevate Health & Performance™ our athletic trainer team encounter the first situation a lot. Clients have a list of “can’t dos” that are longer than the “can dos.” And they’ve used them to not get healthier.

But when the reaching out to us, they’ve already taken a world view changing step. We’re here to help you move beyond your limiting Primals.

As always, if you have any questions. Want to get started. Or just weigh in we’re here. Contact Us.

And here’s a link to a Washington Post article about how Primal World Views affect our life – and our politics. (Spoiler alert: it’s hierarchies!)

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