When the presumptions upon which a mind is predicated are undermined, the identity associated with the old mind continues to attempt to 'make sense' in its old terms.
Such reaction is compulsive, overriding all else, and is not open to truth so much as to reinstating its own basis for validity. For our sense of self is associated with the organisation of our thought and self-construct being valid to our own mind. Of serving the root desire that is active though not usually consciously recognized.
Choosing to believe is not merely about verifiable data, but of defence against that which can not or will not be accepted, being either beyond integration with current belief, or too undermining of the reality construct of self.
We are all 'working' through the device of the mind, with its virtual identity lived out amidst a 'human conspiracy' of looking away from the underpinnings of our own mind. We tend to be ruled by it, programmed by it and successfully so when unaware that our virtual identity is but a dream fuelled by an imagination and desire overlaid upon an actual movement of being.
There is that in us that wants to dream a self and live it real, which gives its power to definitions and beliefs willingly so as to have the experience that becomes the self and world we know. It isn't merely survival, it is a will to prevail. But it is not unified, true or real except as active desire to experience wilfully.
There is also that which wants to control the experience, by using the symbols and images
I have read a lot of the comments on this page - and used the process to watch and rest my own mind. What came up to say is speaking to that which is willing to listen amidst the appearances of this aspect of experience. I myself am also a listener.