TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
EMOTIONS SHOUT DOWN YOUR RATIONAL
The second reason people don't recognize their twisted
thoughts in depressive illness is because their rational mind
whispers while their emotions shout. It's not that the
voice of reason is weak, as much as it is that the voice of
emotion is so strong. Their rational mind whispers for
milliseconds, and their emotions shout for hours on end.
it's no wonder that depressed people focus on their emotions and
believe that they are what they feel, because that is what they
are hearing inside their head. The odds are massively
stacked against them because they never hear the facts of life
unless someone points them out. Inside their head, they
only hear their distorted and negative emotions shouting at
them, and they treat the thoughts that caused those emotions as
if they didn't exist.
Backward thinking happens when you focus on the emotions of
life, and ignore the facts that make those emotions happen.
The cure for backward
thinking involves helping people hear the inner voice that
created their negative emotions.
They need to learn how to
recognize the twisted thoughts that cause their twisted
emotions. Then they need to hold those distorted thoughts
up to the light of day and discover the truth that sets them
As long as you believe that you are what
you feel, you remain stuck in the Land of Depression. When
you understand that backward thinking is a trick you play on
yourself, there is real hope you will get better. When you
learn how to recognize and reject the twisted thoughts that
create your twisted emotions, you leave the Land of Depression
and start a new life.
THE SECOND LAW OF BACKWARD
The Second Law of Backward Thinking states, "My emotions must
be real because they feel so real."
The Second Law of Backward Thinking is the truth, the whole
truth, and nothing but the truth. Your emotions must be
real because they feel so real. Make no mistake, depressed
people experience negative and depressing emotions, and those
emotions are real.
Unfortunately, the second law is a compelling deception that
focuses depressed individuals on their feelings rather
than on the facts of life. This aberrant focus leads them
deeper into the pit of depression. Of course their
feelings are real when they are depressed. That is why
depression is so bad. It feels bad.
Everyone knows that depression is real and
Depressed people are missing the point.
The question isn't whether their emotions are real. The
question is what are the facts of life, and are their emotions
consistent with those facts, or are they simply the emotional
fantasies of a negative mind?
THE FEELINGS OF LIFE OFTEN DO NOT
REFLECT THE FACTS
One of the first lessons we learned as children is that seeing
is believing. Depressed people are convinced that feeling
It's hard for depressed people to improve because their emotions
are continually in their face. When something feels so
real, it must be real.
Depressed individuals need to relearn the basic lesson that the
feelings of life often do not reflect the facts. The
intensity of the emotion has nothing to do with whether the
emotions are consistent with the facts. It doesn't matter
how loud or long the voice of emotion pummels them, it's still
the facts of life that should rule their emotions, and not the
other way around.
THE THIRD LAW OF BACKWARD
The Third Law of Backward Thinking states, "My twisted
thoughts are a fair and objective assessment of who I am and of
the world in which I live.
People with mood disorders have a fatal flaw in the way they
think and assess the world. They have twisted thinking.
Not only is their outlook negative, it's also distorted.
They take the facts of life and twist them until they are so
distorted that they may even become unrecognizable.
Their beliefs about themselves are twisted,
and their beliefs about the world are equally distorted.
Unfortunately, they are not aware of the twisted and negative
bias in the way they think.
If you take a metal bar and subject it to
pressure, the metal eventually distorts. If you take a
mind and subject it to high levels of stress, the mind often
produces distorted and twisted thoughts. Unfortunately,
the mind under stress believes that the twisted and distorted
thoughts actually reflect the world in which they live.
Twisted thinking isn't a reflection of the world.
It's a reflection of a mind operating under high levels of
stress. If you relieve the stress, usually the twisted
thinking subsides, and you realize that your twisted thoughts
are abnormal; they don't accurately reflect who you are or
the world in which you live.
Distorted, negative thoughts are a warning
telling you that there is a problem. When negative and
twisted thoughts take over, you must heed the warning and
immediately take steps to rectify the situation.
Don't believe your twisted thinking.
Closely examine such thoughts under the light of day, and it
won't be long before they cease to be a problem. You learn
to ignore those thoughts, because you know that you are not
listening to the voice of truth that can set you free. You
are hearing the sound of a stressed out mind slipping into
negativity and depression.
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