What Is Negative Thinking & Why Eliminate It: Original Explanation


Negative thinking is a way thinking that doesn't benefit you, since:


For example, let's say that you're sad, miserable, or depressed, and you want to be happy. The negative thought 'I can't become happy' will naturally work against you and make it more challenging for you to become happier.

Here's why.

  • When you think, 'I can't become happy', and you believe it, you are naturally less confident in yourself and your abilities
  • You are also naturally less motivated and energized to take action to achieve greater happiness, since you believe you can't achieve it
  • The result is that you predictably have less success becoming happy, and that you naturally find it 'hard' or 'impossible' to become happier due to the negative effects of this thought


Continuing with our example, if you feel sad, depressed, or unhappy, the negative thought 'I can't become happy' will naturally make you feel worse. 

Here's why.

  • When you think, 'I can't become happy', and you believe it, you naturally feel weaker, helpless, and less capable, so you already feel worse that way 
  • You also naturally have less confidence in yourself and your abilities; this leads to a lower sense of self worth, as well as less peace of mind, since you believe that you can't do anything about your situation
  • This means that simply accepting and thinking the negative thought 'I can't become happy' already naturally makes you feel worse in many different ways; in this way, it actively contributes to feelings of sadness, unhappiness, and depression


Once again, for our example, the moment you believe and accept the negative thought 'I can't become happy', it's already making it more challenging for you to become happier, especially since it's already making you feel worse in many different ways.

It's important to appreciate that:

  • This makes such a negative thought useless to you, since it doesn't serve any beneficial purpose
  • The negative effects of a negative thought like this one are immediate, since the moment you think the thought it's already affecting you in some way
  • When you consider how negative thoughts like this don't help you improve your life, and, indeed, make it more challenging for you to do so, it is both sensible and intelligent to deliberately eliminate negative thoughts for your own good


Click on any negative quality for an example of how negative thinking works.

Also, it is helpful to appreciate that negative thinking is not a right or wrong way of thinking. Instead, it's a useless and not very sensible way of thinking.  Learn more.


Negative thinking is useless, not 'wrong'

The overall defining characteristic of negative thinking is that it is useless & doesn't improve your life in any way (or even immediately makes it worse). 

However, this does not mean that negative thinking is the 'wrong' way to think. Only that it's useless for improving your life, and that it doesn't make very much sense to do, especially when you consider that you can think in other ways. 

Is the glass half full or half empty?

To understand this, consider the classic example of looking at a glass, and thinking of it as either half full or half empty. 

It's neither right nor wrong to look at the glass as either half full or half empty. 

However, if looking at the glass as half full naturally makes you feel happier, while looking at the glass as half empty naturally makes you feel depressed, then what is the sense in looking at the glass as half empty?

Negative thinking is not very sensible

For this example, if you want to be happy, it makes no sense at all to look at the glass as half empty rather than half full. After all, this is a useless, self-destructive, and completely counter-productive thing to do.

Even if it's a completely valid and acceptable way of thinking, so what? It's still not sensible.

This example captures the essence of what eliminating negative thinking is all about: getting rid of thinking that is useless, non-beneficial, and counter-productive (and, therefore, not very sensible, no matter how 'valid' the thought might be).


Right now, see for yourself how quickly and easily you can start eliminating negative thinking. 

Get started by learning how to eliminate a negative thought that makes it more challenging for you to get rid of negative thoughts.




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