We usually like to think that we are in control of ourselves – but more often than not, we are driven by habits and forces outside of conscious control. In this article you will learn how to avoid negative thinking – a mental habit that can have a very destructive effect on your emotional and professional life.
Why is it so important to avoid negative thinking? Because our thoughts determine our actions and words. The thoughts are like a captain, and your life is like a ship – if the captain steers the ship in the wrong direction, then the ship won’t arrive it’s destination, and maybe even sink in rough waters.
On the other hand – if you cultivate the habit of positive thinking, this will have a much better effect on your future. However, it is not that easy.
The Neuroscience of Negative Thinking
Essentially, we establish patterns of thinking during our lives. These thinking patterns have actual biological implications – they form and strenghten neural connections inside our brains. There is a substance called myelin around the cells in our brains. The more myelin there is, the better a neuron is at transmitting a signal. And the more often a neural connection is activated, the more myelin builds up around the neurons involved. So essentially, it is a positive feedback loop, a self-reinforcing mechanism.
Why It’s So Hard To Avoid Negative Thinking
One of the most obvious reasons is that you actually need to make physical changes in your brain. Even if you consciously want to stop your negative thoughts – your brain has created the perfect environment for the creation of them.
When you try to change your thought patterns with willpower alone, it’s like trying to push a boulder up a hill. No matter how much effort you exert, the forces of “mental gravity” get in your way.
How to Avoid Negative Thinking
The trick is to re-pattern your thoughts. You see, negative thinking is not just something that happens all by itself in your brain. It is a process which consists of several steps. Usually there is a trigger, that leads to a mental reaction which ultimately leads to negative thoughts that often reinforce more negative thoughts. What you can do is to interrupt this process before it gets to the negative thought, and redirect the neural signal so that it leads to a more realistic and positive reaction.
If this sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, it really is not. Your subconscious mind is capable of doing just that with the help of neurohypnotic repatterning. Essentially, you just decide that you want to avoid negative thinking. Then you relax yourself and listen to hypnotic suggestions designed to stop negative thoughts. This takes around 20 minutes, and you can do it whenever you feel like you want it.
Most people listen to it before they go to bed, and after around 2 to 6 weeks the negative thinking patterns are usually gone. It might require occasional repeating, but that’s easy – just enjoy 20 relaxing minutes when you notice that your thinking takes a too negative approach.
This is much better than using pharmaceutical drugs, because you use your brains innate abilities, rather than manipulating your brain chemistry.