Healthy Ways to Navigate Negative Thoughts
Examples of Intrusive Thoughts: About Death, In Relationships, During Climax, . These thoughts lead to what Leahy calls a negative evaluation of . thought, those with OCD suffer from a constant bombardment of anxiety. Negative rumination robs you of your present moment well-being and over time can you worry about what it will mean for your future: Our relationship might be . My friend explained that she started to notice a pattern of when these negative thoughts would take over her brain. She noticed, she would.
In the s, one of the founders of cognitive therapy, Aaron Beckconcluded that ANTs sabotage our best self, and lead to a vicious circle of misery: We get stuck in the same old neural pathways, having the same negative thoughts again and again. So we can learn to stop our thoughts travelling down the well-trodden neural pathways by creating entirely new ones. By doing that, I externalise the thoughts: He generally looks worried, and avoids eye contact, but sometimes he stares boldly, his face contorted into a disbelieving sneer.
And having determined his appearance, I gave him a name: And in the privacy of my own head he says things like this: Nobody wants that anyway.
How to silence negative thinking
Nobody is listening to you. You will never be successful.
I knew nothing about my inner critic until a couple of years ago, when a friend was training as a life coach, and asked me to be her guinea pig. At the time, I thought life coaching sounded a bit odd and — well, Californian.
But I trusted my friend, and found the experience so helpful that I decided to train as a life coach myself — not a therapist, any more than a football coach is a therapist, but a conversational partner who uses insights from psychology occasionally to be supportive and challenging at the same time. The company that trained us both, Coaches Training Institute, did indeed turn out to be Californian.
Until then I had assumed — like most people, it seems — that when a negative thought popped into my head it was just an accurate reflection of the way things really are.
So I decided to show them my drawing of Uriah, with speech bubbles coming out of his head to show the specific, shameful thoughts that trouble me.
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I have to tell you that it made me extremely uncomfortable to hold up that picture in front of these strangers, and to read out those horrible specimens of self-criticism. So, having shared my own self-critical thoughts, I invited everybody else to take a pen and paper and write down the kinds of thoughts that pop into their own heads. The room went very quiet. Then I asked them to imagine about the kind of person who might say those mean-spirited things, and to draw him, or her.
Some drew a picture of their old headteacher, others drew a parent, or somebody at work. I asked them to give the character a name, and to draw speech bubbles containing all those horrid sentences. Often times it is our perception to blame for our crazy negative thoughts.
Our perception can have a huge effect on how we think and behave. Find a way to think about the current situation from a place of love and confidence. Let go, trust and communicate: Let go of the expectations you set for your partner and communicate. We are guilty of expecting people to think and behave in specific ways. Often, we are reactive just based off of our partners actions. This can cause a major disconnect in communication.
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Connect with your partner, communicate to each other what your needs and values are for being in a relationship. Chances are you both have different views or values around relationships so it is helpful share and try to understand where the other person is coming from.
Once my friend communicated with her partner she was able to get a new perspective, find comfort and overcome her negative thoughts, by realizing her partner has a different view and values on relationships and was not purposely trying to hurt her. Trust that your partner loves you. Trusting that your partner loves you and not intentionally trying to hurt your feels is much better than having feelings of anger and resentment.
Be open and trust your relationship.
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Choose thoughts of love to replace negative thoughts. I Dare You Challenge of the Week: Choose Thoughts of Love I dare you to practice choosing thoughts of love when negative thoughts enter your mind. If you find yourself in a cycle of negative thoughts, practice the four tips above and see what positive shifts start to happen for you and your relationships.