The biology of belief (part 1 of 3)

Written by Stuart Haden on January 15, 2020

I was reading a book by Bruce Lipton (The Wisdom of Your Cells: How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology) and he picked up on one of my biggest interests – perception. Then he gave me the explanation of a lifetime. Signal + protein = behaviour. Without reaching for the textbooks here’s the ‘biology of belief…’

The signal could be a trauma or a toxin, but it’s everything we perceive in the environment around us. It’s our switch. How we respond to our environment influences the rest of the equation.


We don’t have to get overly scientific to describe protein. A quick understanding of genetics will suffice. Genetic mutations only account for 5% of disease. Everything else loops right back to the signal.


At the end of the equation lies our behaviour. The signal is at the core of this as we (now) know that genetics can only offer 5% at best. Dis-ease (whether biological or otherwise) therefore, is all down to how you perceive the environment and subsequent signals. Distorted signals = dis-ease. So perception is reality after all. Here’s a quick video (part 1 of 3) of how I apply this in coaching conversations.