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Friday, December 7, 2007

5 Myths about Positive Thinking

Instructing someone to be more positive or to think positive instead of negative is not seldom met by a lot of sepsis. Today a patient was admitted to our ward. His wife had a bad cervix smear two weeks ago. He blames himself for this bad luck. He is sure he has HIV as well. Discussing his frame of mind was to no avail.

Now this is a case of a severe depression of which I will not go into further detail. Less severely depressed patients are also hard to persuade to think more positively.
I recognized these myths of positive thinking very well in this post on Think Simple Now.

An example:

Myth #1: Negative thinking is more realistic.

Have you ever heard a negative person say that they aren’t negative; they’re just being ‘realistic’? This myth keeps people locked in a negative reality of their own creation.

A person’s thoughts, whether positive or negative, do have an effect on their environment. If you think negatively, your mind will automatically seek out confirmation that the world is a terrible place. Seeing is believing, and your mind reinforces your belief that reality is negative. See how it’s a downward spiral of negativity? If you expect negative results, you are less likely to take risks and try new things. Negative thinking masks your impressions in fear.

Positive thinking works the same way. With a positive mental attitude, you’ll seek out positive choices and expect positive results. This helps you move past fear and try things that others may believe “can’t be done”. This typically end in positive results.

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