A rational person needs to trust the ideas that form the basis of their beliefs. You need to trust them. In the case of Unarmed Combat, consistent success depends on the ideas that a person absorbs, accepts and adopts. Placing trust in Ideas that are delusional in nature can (and often will) lead to catastrophic results.
CORE TO THINKING AND DOING
THE IMPORTANCE OF IDEAS
The importance of reality based ideologies cannot be overstated. The ideas a person absorbs, accepts and adopts are the heart of success and failure - of surviving...or not.
For this reason, the system has an evolved learning mechanism that addresses the inherent resistance of the mind and simultaneously aids the mind in finding reality based rationalization for the adoption of any idea.
The goal is not to ask a practitioner to blindly take on new lines of thinking, but to gradually and respectfully help individuals establish beliefs that enable them to survive.
People are naturally defensive and protective of the ideas they have adopted. For many, the fact that an idea exists in mind makes it "reality based" where there may be no justification for this conclusion. Stated differently, people are prone to believe that what they think is "real" without questioning it. Compounding this problem is that the ideas that exist in mind are often used to form the basis of a persons identity. Ideas established in mind are treated no differently than a body part, and they are protected fiercely.