NEGATIVITY CREATES POWERFUL DESTRUCTIVE NEUROASSOCIATIONS
Neuroassociations are tiny programs continually running in your
mind. They are automatic processes usually operating below the
level of consciousness, and they contain powerful links
connecting thoughts, images, sounds, sensations, and emotions
with one another and with themselves. Neuroassociations
eventually manifest themselves in the thoughts and emotions that
echo in your mind.
Every day you experience many
neuroassociations, and you probably donít notice they are there
even though they affect every area of your life. Some
neuroassociations link specific sounds to specific emotions.
One person links the sound of the national anthem with the
feeling of pride in his country, and another links the sound of
the national anthem with sadness because a family member was
killed in a war defending his country.
Some neuroassociations link old
memories to specific emotions. The thought of meeting an old
friend evokes joyful memories, and the thought of meeting a
former adversary revives unhappy memories. Some
neuroassociations link specific sensations with specific
emotions. The sensation of cold is linked with pleasant
memories of a ski vacation or uncomfortable memories of
frostbite. When a cold wind blows on your face, the automatic
emotions you feel are created by long forgotten
neuroassociations buried deep within your mind.
Some neuroassociations link
images with emotions. The picture of a sailboat may be linked
to a feeling of terror because you once sailed through a
hurricane, or the same picture might evoke a feeling of deep
satisfaction as you recall a beautiful tropical anchorage.
You have hundreds of
neuroassociations operating in your mind. Each of them is like
a button that links sounds, thoughts, sensations, images, and
emotions. When someone pushes one of those buttons, an emotion
automatically pops into your mind.
Neuroassociations can be
positive, negative, or neutral in how they affect you. They are
unique to you and once installed, they occur automatically even
if they make you uncomfortable, and even if you donít want them
Neuroassociations are part of
your automatic thoughts. You are continually bombarded with
neuroassociations in your stream of consciousness. If your
neuroassociations are negative, they are extremely destructive
because they have free reign and complete access to your
conscious mind; they fill your mind with bad feelings.
Negative neuroassociations are a
form of instant negative thinking. Automatic thoughts and
neuroassociations poke up their heads at the most inopportune
moments. Just when life seems great, an unwanted automatic
thought pops into your mind, and you suddenly end up in mental
The fewer negative
neuroassociations you have, the better off you are; life is
easier and more enjoyable. A single destructive
neuroassociation can instantly send a stampede of negative
thoughts through your mind, and you get trampled in the process.
If your stream of consciousness
is full of negative thoughts, itís likely you have a collection
of toxic neuroassociations at work. Harmful neuroassociations
commonly trigger the following types of thoughts:
I am stupid.
I am unworthy, evil, or bad.
God is angry with me. God
doesnít accept me as I am.
I will never be good enough. I
will never get my life together.
My future is out of my hands. My
life is out of control.
I must please my parents even
after I have been living on my own for fifty years.
I am being punished for all of
the things I have done wrong. I am getting what I deserve.
The triggers that elicit these
noxious neuroassociations are unpredictable. A picture of your
parents can trigger the feeling you will never be good enough to
please them. A religious symbol may make you feel like you are
evil and unworthy. You may instantly feel God is angry with you
because of your inconsistencies and weaknesses. You instantly
know God doesnít accept you as you are. When some people see a
successful person, it immediately triggers feelings of
inadequacy, and their mind recalls every mistake they ever
made. Sometimes a negative trigger fills your mind with the
thought you are getting what you deserve. You are being
punished for everything you ever did wrong.
The triggers eliciting these
neuroassociations are highly variable and sometimes surprising.
Itís worth discovering the triggers that set them off. After
you identify the triggers, you can avoid them. This eliminates
thousands of repetitive destructive thoughts.
If you are losing the battle for
a positive mind, you probably have a large inventory of
destructive neuroassociations that maintains your negative state
of mind. You need to identify, neutralize, and eliminate them.
Just as negative
neuroassociations instantly create a negative state, positive
neuroassociations instantly create a positive one. They are a
form of instant positive thinking. If your stream of
consciousness is full of positive thoughts, you can be sure
there are lots of positive neuroassociations at work.
Choose your neuroassociations
well. These seemingly small programs exert a disproportionate
influence on the content of your thoughts. Create positive
neuroassociations so your stream of consciousness is an asset
rather than a liability, and avoid negative neuroassociations
like the plague so they die from neglect.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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