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Do You Question You?

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 152

Your brain is involved in everything you do. -Daniel Amen, M.D. and author.

Negative Attack

So who questions you? Your teacher? Your parents? Your spouse? Your kids? Probably all of them on a regular basis and then some. Maybe they don't do it out loud, but rest assured they do it, especially when they don't agree with what you say or how you say it. When they do get up the courage to challenge your spoken thoughts, you might even get a bit worked up and feel attacked, but maybe it's those feelings that should have us questioning ourselves.

So what if we're spewing a bunch of negativity? Do we even realize that it creeps in or is it happening to us at a more subconscious level? Where does the stuff come from? Our emotions? Are emotions caused by external events or are the inbred? Is it possible that we're hard-wired for a little bit of the positive and negative mixed together that eventually cheats to the bad side? What about a physical trauma? Can that create a mess of negativity?

The ANTs

According to Doctor Daniel Amen's book, Change Your Brain Change Your Life, there's no question that there are many direct physical links to negativity. He also counsels his patients to beware of ANTs or Automatic Negative Thoughts as they can inflict serious medical trauma to the deep limbic system of the brain. He challenges them to understand that ANTs are literally brain pollution that need to be exterminated.

The first step to getting rid of the problem is to recognize it even exists. Notice the words you use. Do they blame? Do they express negative absolutes like "I Never"? Are they predictors of doomsday around every corner? How about mind reading all the negative thoughts other people are having about you? It's all really nonsense that most of us engage in at some point. So how do we slow it down?

Irrational Thoughts

Well the reason to try to stop it all together is that it's literally wearing us down physically...maybe even killing us slowly! So let's set up high on the mental hill for a good vantage point and be on the look out. Let's start listening to what we say during conversations. Not only should we be listening to the people we are engaged with, but more importantly we need to hear our own words. We must begin to set up a red alert system for negativity that lives on the tip of our own tongue. Then question all of it!

You see thoughts are powerful but they're not always right. They happen for many reasons that may or may not be real or rational. So don't trust everything you think, especially when it's negative. Go deeper and consider the source and ask why? Why do we say what we say and is it really helpful at all to be negative about anything or anybody? Start immediately by questioning you every day!

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