TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
OVERCOMING DEPRESSION AND
ADVANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Negative thinking doesn't go away on it's own. You must
take charge of your mind if you want to change the way you think
and feel. If you want to get better and stay that way, you
need to go all the way in the treatment of your problem.
Recognizing and rejecting your cognitive distortions isn't
enough. You must advance to the next level and develop a
whole new way of thinking and feeling.
Although it's important to recognize and reject your twisted and
distorted thoughts, it's even more important to learn how to
transform your life by putting powerful positive thoughts into
your mind. You need to have a positive operating system up
and running all the time, and you need power.
After you have the insight and knowledge to
deal with your problem, you need power to make the trip to a
positive destination. The most positive and most powerful
force in the universe is God's love, and it has more than enough
power to to take you from where you are to where you want to be.
You are not in this battle alone. God is on your side, and
He will give you the power to have a consistently positive mind.
He not only points your life in the right direction, He also
gives you the power to make the trip.
You decide whether negative thinking and
depression will control your life. You can make your life
as positive as you want. If you want to have a mind free
from depression, nobody can stop you.
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, AM I
OK AFTER ALL?
When I was a child, a traveling circus came to town, and my
parents took me to see the show. My favorite part of the
side show was the house of mirrors. It was fun to see the
distorted reflections of my body. A completely flat mirror gives
a true reflection, but a curved mirror reflects a false image.
The type of distortion in the mirror determines the type of
distortion in the reflected image.
Each mirror produced a different type of distortion. Some
mirrors made my chest look big and strong, and I immediately
felt powerful. Some made me look as tall as Goliath, and
others transformed me into a midget. Some made my head as
big as a basketball, and others shrunk it down to the size of a
golf ball. Some made me look fat, and others made me look
I enjoyed the house of mirrors because I
knew that what I was seeing wasn't the real me. The
reflection was a distortion of who I was, and I had no problem
distinguishing between the real me and the one I saw in the
Later on, I discovered I spent my entire
life living in a house of mirrors. I found out that
emotions are a reflection of the thoughts that cascade through
my mind. Each thought that I think takes me on a trip to
my personal house of mirrors.
My mind isn't a quiet place.
Thoughts shout and screech and echo as they go round and round
my mind. Eventually the swirling dervish of thought stands
in front of the mirror of my mind. Suddenly, magic
happens, and I feel emotion. When I look in the
mirror, I don't see myself, I feel myself. If I like the
reflection, I feel good. If I don't like it, I feel bad.
YOUR MENTAL MIRRORS
Each thought stands in front of your mental magic mirror and
says, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, am I OK after all?" The
mirror then tells you what to feel.
But there is a BIG PROBLEM because many of the mirrors of your
mind have serious distortion. This house of mirrors rarely
gives a true reflection of who you are or of the world in which
you live. The reality is that how a thought makes you feel
depends on which mirror you stand in front of.
Your personal house of mirrors is full of
distorted mirrors. Virtually every one of them has some
degree of distortion, and you may not realize it's there.
You can be sure of one thing; none of them exactly reflects the
world as it is or you as you are.
INHERITED MIRRORS OF THE MIND
When you were young, your parents and culture placed mirrors
in your mind, and as you grew older, you placed some of them
there as well. Now you face the challenge of deciding
which mirrors give true reflections and which give distorted
For every fact of life, there
are a thousand different emotions that can be reflected in the
mirrors of your mind. The emotions you feel depend upon
which mirror you are looking in.
If your life has been exceptionally
difficult, if you have been a victim of severe abuse and a great
deal of emotional damage has accumulated in your mind, your
mental mirrors will be extremely distorted, and your reflected
emotions will make your life even more miserable. Those
emotions may seem so unbearable that you may think you want to
die. At least if you were dead, those horrible emotions
would no longer torture you.
Although there are thousands of mirrors
lurking in the dark recesses of your mind, a few of those
mirrors are common to people who suffer from mood disorders and
depression. These distorted mirrors have been given a
fancy name - they are called cognitive distortions.
Cognitive therapy has listed at least ten major mirrors that
distort the emotions that spring up in your mind. It's
useful to look at those ten mirrors and examine them in detail
so you can learn to distinguish between a distorted mirror and
one that gives a true reflection of who you are, and of the
world in which you live.
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The wheel of change always turns in the direction of what you put into
your mind, and the Positive Web Ring fills your mind with good things.
Give your mind a push in a positive direction today. Cruise your way
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