TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
THE REST OF THE STORY - BECOMING POSITIVE
Medications and cognitive therapy aren't the complete answer
to negative thinking and mood disorders. These two types
of therapy help you eliminate your negative and distorted
thoughts, but eliminating the negative doesn't automatically
make you positive.
To become a
positive person, you must put positive things into your mind.
There is no other way to create a positive mind.
You can change the way you think and feel
by changing what you say when you talk to your mind.
If you want to change the way you feel,
you are going to have to change your inner dialogue. You
are going to have to talk to your mind in a different manner.
You must monitor your self-talk and make sure it's positive, and
if it's not positive, you must change it. This isn't
optional. If you don't make your self-talk positive, there is no
way you are going to win the battle of the mind.
The wheel of change always turns in the
direction of what you put into your mind.
What you put into your mind is critical.
The only way to become a positive person is to put positive
things into your mind. You can make your mind as positive
as you want if you are willing to put positive things into your
People who have a genetic predisposition
to mood disorders have an even greater need to fill their mind
with positive things. People who have an inner
vulnerability predisposing them to depression need to be
especially careful about what they allow in their mind. If
they fill their mind with toxic waste, they will become
depressed. For these people, the price of a positive mind
is eternal vigilance. They must continually stand watch on
the door of their mind to keep it from filling up with toxic
waste. They must become proactive and adopt a program in
which they spend time each day putting positive things into
WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS, YOU CHANGE YOUR CHEMISTRY
When you think negative and limiting thoughts for a long time,
you create a chemical imbalance in your brain, and you feel bad.
When you think positive and unlimited thoughts for an extended
period, you restore the normal chemical balance, and you feel
good once again. What you think about matters, because it
determines the chemistry of your brain. What you think
about determines whether you have a positive or negative brain.
You are responsible for the chemistry of your
brain. When you choose your thoughts, you choose your
brain chemistry. When you change your thoughts, you change
your brain chemistry. You are not the victim of your
chemistry, you are it's creator.
When you get your thinking straightened
out, your brain chemistry returns to normal. Positive
self-talk is an extremely powerful tool you can use to put good
things into your mind to create a positive brain.
A WORD OF CAUTION FOR PEOPLE WITH SEVERE CLINICAL DEPRESSION
Most people who have severe clinical depression must take
medication under the supervision of a physician. Serious
mood disorders clearly have an abnormal chemistry at work, and
medication can favorably alter it so there is improvement.
People suffering from clinical depression and serious mental
illness need medication to control their disease. But they
also need to control what they put into their mind. They
need to create a positive brain chemistry by putting positive
things into their mind.
are suicidal and tapped in deep depression will not be cured
with positive thinking or positive self-talk. Positive
thinking may help these individuals, but it will not cure them.
On the other hand, anxious and negative
thoughts don't always require medication. For most
people, these types of thoughts are the result of living a toxic
lifestyle that slowly takes its toll on their mind.
When they stop living in a
self-destructive manner, their pattern of thinking returns to
normal. In the absence of serious psychiatric illness,
they can probably get along fine without medications. In
all situations, they should consult with a physician to make
sure they are doing the right thing.
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