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Why Positive Thinking Is Bad For You

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/creativity-and-personal-mastery/201004/why-positive-thinking-is-bad-you

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Why Positive Thinking Is Bad For You
Positive thinking is so firmly enshrined in our culture that knocking it is a little like attacking motherhood or apple pie. Many persons swear by positive thinking and quite a few have been helped by it. Nevertheless, it is not a very effective tool and can be downright harmful in some cases.

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Positive thinking tends to separate situations in terms of good and bad.

First, you think something is bad, then you have to actively think it is less bad, but you always know you are fool...

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"Good" or "Bad"

We tend to view something as either good or bad. And most of us use the "bad" label more often than the "good" label.

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Don't apply labels

When people are faced with extreme adversity, some persons positively flourish while others fall apart.

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Positivity Could be Good for Us

Negative thinking can narrow our thinking and prevent us from moving forward. Positive encouragement can open our minds to alternatives. It fosters creative thinking and opens us up to take on risks.

However, pursuing happiness for the sake of happiness has been shown to make us more unhappy. The more we try and force positive emotions, the less happy we become.

Forcing positive thinking

Forcing positive thinking puts us under pressure and in an always-on-the-alert mode. We can never relax because a negative thought might pop into our heads when we least expect it.

It can make us feel more negative emotions and we may blame ourselves for not being happy enough.

We need some negative emotions

Emotions like fear and anxiety can help us to act in certain situations, for instance, alerting us to danger. Anxiety should not be avoided. It can point to an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Thinking negatively can also help us prepare for worst-case scenarios in advance. However, too much negative thinking is not good for us either.

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Reconsider the positive thinking mindset

"Looking on the bright side" is advise that is seldom helpful.

When people think negatively, they can turn their anxiety into action. They take more time to prepare for the worst-case scenarios.

2 types of people

  • Strategic optimists: They will perform better if they do something positive before they complete their tasks.
  • Defensive pessimists: They are more likely to perform positively if they visualize failure before they complete their tasks.

These two groups succeed best under different circumstances. 

Positive and Negative thinking

Thinking positively can hinder people from realizing their goals.

At the same time, pessimists can become paralyzed by stress and fail to take action while those who are overwhelmingly positive are unlikely to experience stress or anxiety. 

Steps To Happiness At Work

Steps To Happiness At Work
  • Avoid "good" and "bad" labels. 
  • Practice "extreme resilience": the ability to recover fast from adversity.
  • Let go of grudges.
  • Don't waste time being jealous.
  • Find passion in you, not in your job.
  • Picture yourself 10 years ago and 10 years from now. Most problems that kept you awake ten years ago have disappeared. 
  • Invest in the process, not the outcome.
  • Swap multitasking for mindfulness.
  • Think about other people.