• Briana Theroux

Are Automatic Negative Thoughts Ruining Your Life?



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Do you often predict the worst, talk down to yourself, and take a pessimistic outlook on life?โฃ

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You need to understand that you cannot believe every negative thought that goes through that ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด. We tend to believe our thoughts whether they are true or not โ€” simply because that beautiful ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ด wired in and the fact that we never check ourselves to examine if our thoughts are rational, logical, or true. โฃ

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We tend to believe all sorts of shit that goes through our minds without examination. It isnโ€™t ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น your fault though, as we are conditioned from a young age to never question things, and avoid critical thought. โฃ

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Unless you want to be a slave to your negative predictions โ€” and continue the cycle of self-sabotage via your self-fulfilling prophecies โ€” then you must get control of your automatic negative thoughts (๐—”๐—ก๐—ง๐˜€).โฃ



๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ก๐—ง๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ:โฃ

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  • All or nothing thinking โ€” Black and white thinking; everything is good or bad.โฃ

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  • Absolute or โ€œ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ดโ€ thinking โ€” Overgeneralizing; using words like never, always, every time, or everyone.โฃ

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  • Focusing on the negatives โ€” Seeing only negatives in situations that have positives.โฃ

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  • Thinking with your feelings โ€” Relying on how you feel to make decisions rather than staying objective.โฃ

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  • Guilt beating โ€” Using guilt to control our behavior; using words like should, must, have to, and ought to.โฃ

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  • Labeling โ€” Calling yourself or someone else names.โฃ


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๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ โ€œ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑโ€ ๐—”๐—ก๐—ง๐˜€:โฃ

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  • Fortune telling โ€” Predicting the worse when you have no way to know what will really happen.โฃ

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  • Mind reading โ€” Making assumptions about what others think when they havenโ€™t told you.โฃ

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  • Blame โ€” Blaming others for your problems and making excuses.โฃ

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Blog post mentioned in the video can be found here. There are some helpful charts contained within the blog too!


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