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The Science of Negative Thinking

Our thought processes are intimately connected to the way we feel. When you’re feeling content, your thoughts tend to reflect this. In times of happiness, you may be more satisfied with your career progress, perceive your personal relationships as more secure, or have a better body image.

Conversely, if you’re anxious or unhappy, you may notice that negative thoughts start to emerge. This could include feeling stressed about work, worrying about your appearance, or questioning the loyalty of your friends.

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How to Transmute Your Negative Thoughts

How to Transmute Your Negative Thoughts

  1. Create distance from your thoughts: Pay attention to your automatic thoughts and label them as subjective thoughts.
  2. Start a thought diary: Journal down the date, the time, the event that triggered an emotion, and the resulting negative thought.

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Negative Bias

Negative Bias

If you regularly experience negative thoughts, this cognitive distortion can sadly worsen an already poor mental health, leading to low mood, poor self-esteem, and anxiety.

To make things worse, a bias towards negative thinking will increase the likelihood that you’ll spend time ruminating ...

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Negative Feelings Are Natural

Negative Feelings Are Natural

Our thought processes are affected by what we experience around us, and it’s normal to experience both good and bad times. However, when negative thinking becomes the norm, it can contribute to mental health problems including social anxiety, low self-esteem, and even depression. To avoid falling...

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The Principles of Managing Negative Thoughts

The Principles of Managing Negative Thoughts

  • Recognize negative thinking when it arises.
  • Ask yourself if the thought is truthful or helpful.
  • If the negative thought provides no value, shift your focus by rewiring your thought patterns.
  • Manage negative thinking by changing the way you respond to it and control ho...

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The Bottom Line

Once recognised, negative thoughts can be managed to reduce the impact on your emotional wellbeing. This in turn will break the cycle of negative thinking.

By paying attention to your thoughts and interrogating their validity you can prevent cognitive distortions from skewing your beliefs ...

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