What Is Negative Thinking?


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What does it mean to think negatively? And how can you tell if your thinking is negative or not?

The more your mind understands what negative thinking is, the more your mind is able to help you get rid of negative thinking that hurts you. In this way, this knowledge helps you stop thinking negatively faster and easier.

Understanding negative thinking

Negative thinking is a way of thinking that has an immediate negative impact on your life.

More specifically, you can think of negative thinking as being a way of thinking that:

  • Hinders you from achieving something you want, or compels you to achieve something you don’t want
  • Feels empty or bad
  • Adds negative value to your life

With these destructive qualities, negative thinking is absolutely useless to you.

Let’s repeat that, since it’s important: unlike positive thinking, which is useful and serves a practical purpose, negative thinking is absolutely useless.

It is the uselessness of negative thinking that is its defining characteristic.

What are negative thought forms people talk about?

There are many different ways to talk about negative thinking.

People talk about having a negative attitude, negative perceptions, developing a negative outlook or a negative focus, engaging in negative self talk, slipping into negative thinking patterns and automatic negative thoughts, and so on.

And then there is the idea of a negative mindset, which you can think of as being a collection of some negative thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and so on.

In a sense, these all mean the same thing. Because at the end of the day, when people are talking about negative thinking, they are talking about ways of thinking that hinder you from improving your life.

So how do you know whether your thinking is negative or not?

You can ask yourself the same 3 Questions For Positive Thinking that help you identify what positive thinking is. There are no special questions for negative thinking.

Why the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking work for negative thinking

Once again, the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking are:

  1. Does this way of thinking help me achieve something I want?
  2. Does this way of thinking make me feel good or help me feel better?
  3. Does this way of thinking add positive value to my life?

If you ask yourself the three questions, and you don’t get a “yes” for each answer, then you know that you’re dealing with a type of thinking that you can replace with something better and more useful.

Negative thinking is simply a type of thinking that you can replace with something better and more useful. That’s all it ever is!

Of course, if you ask yourself the 3 questions, and you conclude that your thinking stops you from achieving the things you want to achieve, makes you feel miserable, and adds negative value to your life, you know without a doubt that you’re dealing with negative thinking.

An example of negative thinking

Examples of negative thoughts can help you learn more about what they are and how to identify them.

So, let’s consider the following example of negative thinking:

The belief that you can’t ever become happy

Let’s ask the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking to understand why this belief is a form of negative thinking.

1. Does believing that you can’t ever become happy help you achieve something you want?

No! If you want to become happy, this belief will not help you. If anything, it will actively stop you from being happy, by killing any motivation on your part to try to become happier.

2. Does believing that you can’t ever become happy make you feel good or at least better?

No! If anything, it makes you feel weak, helpless, and more miserable, in general.

3. Does believing that you can’t ever become happy add positive value to your life?

No! If anything, it adds negative value to your life, by focusing on what you are “incapable” of doing.

Conclusion

This belief is clearly a form of negative thinking, since it actively works against you in each and every way.

And overall, this means that this belief is useless to you.

What is a negative thought to you?

The more you understand negative thinking in your own, unique way -- in a way that completely makes sense to you -- the easier it is for your mind to help you stop thinking negatively. 

Also, the more you see little or no value in negative thinking, the easier it is for your mind to "let go" of negative thoughts and stop thinking in negative ways. 

For this reason, it is in you best interest to not build up a lot of negative value in your mind about negative thinking and how 'horrible' it is. Rather, it's best to understand negative thinking as something that is useless for helping you in any way.

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