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Effects Of Negativity On The Mind

Encouraging negative thoughts leads to subsequent stress, which produces a hormone called cortisol. 

Cortisol has the effect of shutting down the prefrontal cortex in our brains which is in charge of feelings such as:

  • Logic
  • Problem-solving 
  • Empathy 
  • Compassion 
  • Forgiveness

The reason for this is when our brains are stressed, it redirects our resources to the Fight or Flight response.

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Negativity linked to Depression

Negativity linked to Depression

Studies show that depression is a result of habitual negative thinking. 

This is important as people who have major depression are: 

  • Twice as likely to suffer from one or more chronic diseases
  • Three times as likely to suffer from pain-related disorders and injuries.
  • Seven times as likely to suffer from alcohol or substance use disorders.

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Synapses Fire Together Wire Together

Synapses Fire Together Wire Together

Whenever you have a thought, an electrical charge is triggered, the two synapses grow together, rewiring the brain's circuitry making it easier for the thought to trigger. 

This strengthens the brain to think of that thought again. That's not great for those who have been constantly thinking negative thoughts. 

This allows one's brain to be rewired to have a more negative personality. 

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Importance Of Negativity

Importance Of Negativity

All Negativity is not bad as research shows people: 

  • Pay more attention
  • Learn from
  • Make decisions

From negative events and experiences than positives ones. 

For good reason, if something harmed us in the past, we are unlikely to repeat the experience as we would want to avoid the pain.

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Effects of Negativity on the Body

This is great if you are in real danger but being constantly in the fight or flight responses isn't what our bodies are designed to do.

Constant triggering the fight or flight response leads to: 

  • Dementia 
  • Stroke 
  • Heart diseases 
  • Digestive issues 
  • Decreases the immune system
  • Lowers life expectancy.

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Negativity Bias

Negativity Bias

Though issue arises when the mind only sees the negative. 

The term for this is called Negativity Bias, Negative experiences have a greater effect on us than positives experiences. This means we give more importance to the negative. 

Meaning we have a tendency to highlight all the negatives things in our life even in reality they are insignificant. 

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