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If You Were Wrong about a Core Belief, Would You Admit It?

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Suppose you had a core belief that you had assumed to be true and defended all of your adult life – and then you came to realize you were wrong?

And suppose further that your belief had implications not just intellectually, for your belief system, but for enormously consequential decisions you made that affected your life and a child’s life?

A single woman considering adoption in the late 1970s, E. Kay Trimberger’s core belief was that “nurture was everything.” It was a widely embraced belief at the time. “When one applied this theory of the primacy of nurture to adoption,” Trimberger explained, “one healthy baby was as good as another; what mattered was how the baby was raised….My son, whatever his race, would share my white, middle-class

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