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The Cost of Certainty

Certainty is the antidote to fear. And the path to blindness. Certainty fuels conviction and razor-edged rules. It spurs action without knowledge—sometimes courageous, many times destructive.

Beliefs born of certainty harden, become swords of emotional violence. They cut and wound. They kill love because love—above all—accepts, softens around each necessary flaw.

Certainty divides the world into what is rejected and embraced; held or flung away. It is the defense of the righteous, the self-willed. It is what war—in every form—is made of.

Matthew McKay
by Matthew McKay

Matthew McKay is a clinical psychologist and a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. In 1979, he cofounded Haight Ashbury Psychological Services in San Francisco and served as its clinical director for twenty-five years. Currently he serves as the director of the Berkeley Cognitive Behavior Therapy Clinic. He has explored spiritual and afterlife issues in two previous books: Why? and Your Life on Purpose. He is also the author of professional and self-help psychology books, including Thoughts & Feelings, Messages, Mind and Emotions, Self-Esteem, Prisoners of Belief, and many others.

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