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Taylor Bates and Kristin Craver

Negative Thoughts (Toxic Thoughts)

Toxic thoughts are thoughts that trigger negative emotions, which produce biochemicals that cause the body stress (Leaf 19). Negative thoughts are defined as pessimistic or downbeat that generally lead to depression.

Truths about these thoughts

They are stored in your mind and even in body cells. All thoughts, negative and positive, go through the same cycle. 75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. Researchers have shown, some 95% of our thoughts are repetitive, and 80% negative Average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day

Thought Cycle

Hedonic treadmill Pressure Traumas Ingrained patterns

The Dirty Dozen

Twelve areas of toxic thoughts:
Toxic Thoughts Toxic Emotions Toxic Words Toxic Choices Toxic Dreams Toxic Seeds Toxic Faith Toxic Love Toxic Touch Toxic Seriousness Toxic Health Toxic Schedules

How Do these Negative Thoughts affect us?

Physically and mentally

Body lowers immune defenses Eating disorders Hypertension Cardiovascular disease Digestive disorders Infections Migraines Stroke Artery disease Diabetes Cancer Asthma/ Allergies Skin problems

Heart Problems
Not a direct effect of negative thoughts When you think negatively, you tend to stress more, leading to eating more as well as smoking. Leads to hypertension and heart disease Some Heart Problems:
HypertensionAngina Coronary artery disease Strokes or cerebrovascular insufficiency Aneurysm

Resentment, bitterness, lack of forgiveness and self-hatred can trigger immune system disorders. Toxic thoughts and emotions prevent your immune system from doing its job. Your body produces blood proteins called cytokines Interfere with the bodys natural healing process. Autoimmune response Day to day stress confuses your immune system

Digestive System
You should never eat when you are angry Some digestive disorders:
Constipation Diarrhea Nausea and vomiting Cramping Ulcers Leaky Gut Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome

Negative perceptions about self Repressed anger Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness Irritability Anxiety/panic attacks Fatigue/exhaustion Environmental surroundings (others around you) Limiting possibilities Becomes easier to think negatively Stress

Stress is the direct result of toxic thinking. When under extreme amounts of stress, chemicals flood your body and create physical effects caused by intense feelings. Once your body is truly in stress mode and the cortisol is flowing, dendrites start shrinking and even falling off. Threatens your bodys natural chemical balance.


How to overcome these thoughts

Meditation Smiling Positive environment Dont Blame the victim Use positive language Cognitive therapy Accept change Psychoanalysis

There are many methods, but they all have a conscious attempt to focus attention in a non-analytical ways. It sounds easy: sit still and focus awareness only on your breathing or on a word or image, and let no other words, ideas, or images arise in consciousness. But it is extraordinarily difficult. The goal of meditation is to change automatic thought processes. When meditation is done correctly everyday for several months can help you reduce substantially the frequency of fearful, negative, and grasping thoughts thereby improving your affective style. When a man knows the solitude of silence, and feels the joy of quietness, he is then free from fear and sin. ~Buddha

a method of studying the mind and treating mental and emotional disorders based on revealing and investigating the role of the unconscious mind Founded by Sigmund Freud Clients meet with a psychoanalyst several times a week for many years. Some techniques commonly used:
Free association- encourage clients to say anything that comes to mind Dream analysis- clients describe their dreams in detail, and the psychoanalyst interprets the latent content, or the hidden meaning Interpretation- psychoanalysts uncover the hidden meanings in the clients free associations, dreams, feelings, memories, and behavior

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Created by Aaron Beck One of the most effective treatments for anxiety and depression The huge concept is training the client to catch their thoughts, write them down, name the distortions, and then find alternative and more accurate ways of thinking. When done well, it is as effective as Prozac. Therapists try to change clients way of thinking.

Mike Tyson Video

Changing Negative Talk to Positive Talk

Negative Talk Ive never done it before. Its too complicated. I dont have the resources. Theres not enough time. Positive Talk Its an opportunity to learn something. Ill tackle it from a different angle. Necessity is the mother of intervention Lets re-evaluate some priorities.

Theres no way it will work.

Its too radical a change.

I can learn to make it work.

Lets take a chance.

Positive thinking vs. Negative thinking

What does it mean to be happy?

It is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy The Happiness Formula (H=S+C+V)
S= set point C= conditions V= voluntary activities

According to.
Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy. A fool is happy until his mischief turns against hi. And a good man may suffer until his goodness flowers. ~Buddha Happiness requires changing yourself and changing the world. It requires pursuing your own goals and fitting with others. ~Haidt No one can live happily who has regard to himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility; you must live for your neighbor, if you would live for yourself. ~Seneca

Positive Thinking
The point of wanting to overcome negative thoughts is to have an overall better quality of life and know the meaning of life all the while maintaining mental bliss. More Optimistic Expecting good things in life can make good things happen to your body.

Health Benefits
Increased life span/ helps you age gracefully Keeps your heart healthy Lower rates of depression Lowers blood pressure Increases pain tolerance Lower levels of distress Better relationships Greater resistance to the common cold Better psychological and physical well-being Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind. (Haidt 23)

Work Cited
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