Negative thinking is likely the most powerful obstacle to inner peace. We are hard wired to look for the negative in order to circumvent threat, so many of our thoughts are biased to the negative. This includes rumination and catastrophisation which is often at the heart of anxiety.
Many people are feeling various low and negative moods at the moment. We can’t do much about how we feel in response to difficult circumstances but we can be aware of how our thinking may be affecting us. The brain has a negativity bias. As Rick Hanson describes it, teflon for good news, velcro for bad news. This is because our system is wired to look for and hook into any perceived risk and threat. Our brains tend to scan for bad news, overly focus on it, overly react to it, over remember it, and become sensitised to it over…Read More