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This article is about the mental state. For the 2004 John Patrick Shanley play, see Doubt (play).
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Doubt is uncertainty in the context of trust (where it takes the form of distrust), action, decision or belief. It implies challenging some notion of reality in effect, and may involve hesitating to take a relevant action due to concern that one might be mistaken or at fault. This image is used for Template:Reqimage, {{reqimage}}. File links The following pages link to this file: Pope Miltiades Pope Victor I Slide guitar Yacc Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication Pope Gelasius I Sherri and Terri Island of stability International Paralympic Committee Nathuram Godse Miller cycle Chimera (creature) Mutts... Doubt: A Parable is a 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley (ISBN 1559362766). ... Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... Look up dubious in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... // Relation between uncertainty, probability and risk In his seminal work Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit, Frank Knight (1921) established the important distinction between risk and uncertainty: … Uncertainty must be taken in a sense radically distinct from the familiar notion of Risk, from which it has never been properly separated. ... Trust in sociology and psychology refers to an open, positive relationship between people, or between people and social institutions such as a corporation or government. ... Distrust from Wikinfo, an internet encyclopedia Distrust is a formal way of not trusting any one party too much in a situation of grave risk or deep doubt. ... An action, as philosophers use the term, is a certain kind of thing a person can do. ... Look up decision in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wiktionary has related dictionary definitions, such as: belief Belief is usually defined as a conviction to the truth of a proposition. ... Reality in everyday usage means everything that exists. The term Reality, in its widest sense, includes everything that is, whether it is observable, accessible or understandable by science, philosophy, theology or any other system of analysis. ...

According to some spiritual and ethical traditions, it is a form of fear. A doubtful internal disposition, according to many ethical frameworks, leads to the 'poisoning' of one's reality, the world where the mind resides. In other words, one's self is constrained and indeed damaged by such notions, as they often result in inactivity and harm to others. Ethics is a branch of philosophy dealing with right and wrong in human behaviour. ... For other uses, see Fear (disambiguation). ... Reality in everyday usage means everything that exists. The term Reality, in its widest sense, includes everything that is, whether it is observable, accessible or understandable by science, philosophy, theology or any other system of analysis. ...

In line with the idea that doubts are a subtle form or symptom of a greater fear or phobia from the ego, psychologists and psychoanalysts often attribute the phenomena to the earlier stages of life, when the ego is being developed, ie. childhood. There, these traditions maintain, is where doubt about one's abilities and even one's very identity are planted. The influence of parents and other influential figures often carries heavy connotations onto the resultant self-image of the child/ego, with doubts often being included in such self-portrayals. A psychologist is a researcher and/or a practitioner of psychology. ... Psychoanalysis is the revelation of unconscious relations, in a systematic way through an associative process. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... eGO is a company that builds electric motor scooters which are becoming popular for urban transportation and vacation use. ...

Cognitive mental as well as more spiritual approaches abound in response to the wide variety of causes for doubt. Rational, Socratic methods are used in Behavioral Therapy, where the person systematically asks his own mind if the doubt has any real basis. The constant confirmation is said to lead to emotional disattachment from the original doubt. This method contrasts to those of say, the Buddhist faith, which involve a more esoteric approach to doubt and inaction. Buddhism sees all doubt as a negative attachment to one's perceived past and future. To let go of the personal history of one's life and to affirm this release every day in meditation is central to release of the doubts- developed in and attached to- that history. Through much spiritual exertion, doubt can be dispelled, and at this point, one is said to live 'only in the present'. Cognitive The scientific study of how people obtain, retrieve, store and manipulate information. ... In Hinduism, spiritual goals and personal experience (self-realization) through yoga and meditation are seen as the ultimate way to attain God (Moksha) and are inseparable from the religion. ... A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by... Etymology Esoteric is an adjective originating during Hellenic Greece under the domain of the Roman Empire; it comes from the Greek esôterikos, from esôtero, the comparative form of esô: within. It is a word meaning anything that is inner and occult, a latinate word meaning hidden (from which... For other senses of this word, see history (disambiguation). ... A large statue in Bangalore depicting Shiva meditating Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind, often formalized into a specific routine. ... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ...

According to other, more rational traditions, it is wholly rational and causes us to hesitate before acting, and apply more rigorous methods. Reason is a term used in philosophy and other human sciences to refer to the faculty of the human mind that creates and operates with abstract concepts. ... Procrastination is the deferment or avoidance of an action or task which requires completion by focusing on some other action or task. ... Look up Rigour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

The scientific method, and to a degree all of science can be said to be entirely motivated by doubt: rather than accept the existing theories, experiments to test them continue. Technology can be seen as simply the expansion of the experiments to a wider user base, who take real risks with it. Users may no longer doubt the applicability of the theory in play, but there remain doubts about how it interacts with the real world. The process of technology transfer stages exploitation of science to ensure that doubt and danger are minimized. Scientific method refers to a body of techniques for the investigation of phenomena and the acquisition of new knowledge of the natural world, as well as the correction and integration of previous knowledge, based on observable, empirical, measurable evidence, and subject to laws of reasoning. ... For mathematical sciences, see mathematics. ... In the scientific method, an experiment (Latin: ex-+-periri, of (or from) trying), is a set of actions and observations, performed in the context of solving a particular problem or question, to support or falsify a hypothesis or research concerning phenomena. ... ... Risk is the potential impact (positive or negative) to an asset or some characteristic of value that may arise from some present process or from some future event. ... Technology transfer is the process of developing practical applications for the results of scientific research. ...

Doubt is very often debated in the context of Christianity where it refers to doubt about salvation and eventual redemption in an afterlife. This issue has become particularly important in the Protestant version of this faith, where only acceptance of Jesus as a saviour and intermediary with God is required for a positive outcome. The debate is less important in most other religions and ethical traditions. Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament. ... For other uses, see Salvation (disambiguation). ... The afterlife (or life after death) is a generic term referring to a continuation of existence, typically spiritual and experiential, beyond this world, or after death. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Jesus (8-2 BC/BCE — 29-36 AD/CE),[1] also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity. ... Michelangelos depiction of God in the painting Creation of the Sun and Moon in the Sistine Chapel Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, one of the manifestations of the ultimate reality or God in Hinduism This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Ethics is a branch of philosophy dealing with right and wrong in human behaviour. ...

In politics, ethics and law, where very important decisions are made that often determine the course of someone's life, doubt is central, and often motivates an elaborate adversarial process to carefully sort through all the evidence to come to a decision. Politics is a process by which decisions are made within groups. ... Ethics (from Greek ἦθος meaning custom) is the branch of axiology, one of the four major branches of philosophy, which attempts to understand the nature of morality; to distinguish that which is right from that which is wrong. ... Law (from the late Old English lagu of probable North Germanic origin) in politics and jurisprudence, is a set of rules or norms of conduct which mandate, forbid or permit specified relationships among people and organizations, intended to provide methods for ensuring the impartial treatment of such people, and provide... An adversarial process is one that sets up a specific and focused conflict, typically with rewards for prevailing, often in the form of a game. ...

A 2003 book by Jennifer Michael Hecht, titled "Doubt: A History", traces the role of doubt throughout time, all over the world, particularly regarding religion. Jennifer Michael Hecht (b. ...

Doubt (play) is also the name of a 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley. Doubt: A Parable is a 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley (ISBN 1559362766). ... John Patrick Shanley (born in 1950) is a playwright from the Bronx. ...


Hein, David (Winter 2006). "Faith and Doubt in Rose Macaulay's The Towers of Trebizond". Anglican Theological Review 88 (1): 47-68. ISSN 0003-3286.

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