The Battle: Negative Thinking Versus Positive Thinking

Learn more below about the effects of negative thinking versus positive thinking.


Because the type of thoughts that you choose to focus on will shape your reality, both current and future.

Some people choose to actively focus on positive thoughts, even though they acknowledge they may have negative ones. They learn to notice their thoughts, and they find a way to eliminate negative thoughts.

Are you a positive person? Read the following descriptions of negative thinking versus positive thinking and find out not only where you are, but also where you can be.

Negative thinking characterizes pessimists

For a pessimist, there is always something to worry about, nothing is ever quite right, bad events seem to last forever, and they outweigh the positive ones. Life means living in fear, sadness or anger most of the time.

However, there is a strategy to feel better called defensive pessimism that looks like negative thinking and that is useful for some people. Find out more in Julie Norem's book 'The positive power of negative thinking'.

Positive thinking characterizes optimists

An optimist is someone who generally keeps a positive attitude, has a good mood, and tends to look for the silver lining of apparent difficulties or negative circumstances.

Optimists don't dwell on worries. If they feel defeated, they also feel it's temporary. They usually also choose to accentuate the positive.

What it comes down to

When we allow ourselves to think negatively we limit our potential in many ways. The worst thing is that we may be so wrapped in negativity that we cannot even see that there are ways out.

However, there is always a choice. The key is your awareness of your own thoughts; then you can decide which type of thoughts you want to focus on.

You may be deprived of everything else in this world, yet you can still choose your attitude towards what life throws at you. Help yourself to do that with this powerful daily affirmation.

In the meantime, I'll give you the shortcut if you're still seeking happiness.

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What are the effects of negative thinking versus positive thinking?

Let me use the following story as an example:

While I was at university I had the chance to observe two main types of attitude in us students, whenever we had an exam.

The type of attitude each of us had seemed to help shape the outcome. Literally it was a case of negative thinking versus positive thinking.

The first type of attitude was a negative one. Some of my friends would say "I don't think I'm gonna pass", "I can't remember what I've studied", "I'm going to fail", "This test is going to be so difficult", and so on.

The second type of attitude a was positive one. Other friends would say "It's all right", "It's an easy one", "I'll do fine", "I'll find a way to answer everything even if I don't know all the answers".

What happened, in most of the cases, was that the person was right. Such low expectations from a negative point of view generated low results - failing.

Those who had a more positive approach would tend to pass, even if they knew as little as those with a negative attitude.

The thoughts and the attitudes in both cases helped shape the results. These were the consequences of negative thinking versus positive thinking.

Negative thinking

Negative thinking, for a start, makes you feel bad in the present.

One of the most common displays of negative thinking is fearing an event in the future - something that perhaps will never happen.

You could be spoiling your present for a future that is not even real. Grab here some useful tips for dealing with worries.

Another common display of negative thinking is victim thinking. At these times it is useful to differentiate between thoughts and reality.

In the end, where are you living, in your thoughts or in this reality? And are things actually so bad in this reality, right now?

Find out more about the effects of negative thinking and get some useful tips for eliminating negative thoughts.

Positive thinking

Positive thoughts can only shape your reality for the better. Follow this link to find out more about the origin of positive thinking.

Besides, positive thoughts make you feel good in the now: find out more about the effects of positive thinking.

Higher expectations with a convinced heart do lead to high results. Use these positive thinking statements to reinforce where you want to be. You could also make use of this list of positive words to help you shape a more positive reality.

The results of negative thinking versus positive thinking are very different. However, it is not always easy to get rid of negative thoughts - good news is, the only thing that you truly need is your will. For some handy "how to" advice, check these steps of positive thinking.

Other times you will find that it is not a matter of negative thinking versus positive thinking: the mind simply doesn't cut it (among other things, because any thought creates stress). At those times, it can be very powerful to simply let go.

There is a powerful meditation program that helps to achieve a higher level of awareness, from which to live in a positive frame of mind: it's Holosync.

This program uses soundtracks with the soothing sound of rain falling and combines different types of sound waves, scientifically researched and designed to help the left and right hemispheres of your brain work holistically. Find out more by following the link.

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."

W Clement Stone

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