YOU BEAT DEPRESSION THOUGHT BY THOUGHT
You beat depression thought by
thought; thatís the only way to deal with cognitive distortions
Ė one thought a time. A cognitive distortion is a twisted
thought that leads to a distorted emotion. As each twisted
thought makes its appearance, you deal with it. Every time the
voice of depression pummels you with another twisted thought,
you expose it to the light of day and reject it.
learn how to deal with your cognitive distortions, be careful
that you donít get into an argument with your mind, because itís
impossible to win the argument. Arguing is the formula for
frustration and exhaustion. If you start arguing, it will suck
the energy from your mental veins, and you will psychologically
wither. The reason is simple. When you argue with the negative
internal critic, you have the wrong focus. You are focusing on
negative things, and so they expand further into your mind.
There is a
difference between arguing with the voice of depression and
exposing its twisted message to the light of day. You donít
ever need to argue with your mind, but you do need to look at
the message and see if itís the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth. No argument is necessary to do that.
Just expose your dark depressing thoughts to the light, and it
will be immediately obvious just how twisted those thoughts
are. So donít argue. Let the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth set you free.
part of escaping from the tyranny of your cognitive distortions
is to switch your mind to a positive focus. In the twentieth
century a cigarette company attempted to manipulate people into
smoking their brand of cigarettes with a clever jingle that
said, ďI would rather fight than switchĒ. When you are dealing
with cognitive distortions, itís time to turn the jingle around
so it says, ďI would rather switch than fight.Ē Thatís exactly
what you need to do when depression starts shouting in your
mind. Rather than fight, itís time to switch your focus in a
positive direction. Chapter thirteen will show you how to
radically shift your focus to the most powerful force in the
universe, Godís love.
you reject your cognitive distortions. You defeat them thought
by thought by first exposing them to the light of day, and then
you switch your focus in a positive direction.
if you want to have a mind free from depression, nobody can stop
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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