26 March 2016
Challenging Negativity (Fighting Back When The ANTs Attack)
Is this you?
I certainly can identify with it.
Surrounded by a whole host of different comments and asides throughout the day, what's the one thing that I end up dwelling on when my head eventually hits the pillow? The negative comment. (sigh)
I'm reliably informed that psychologists use the term “automatic negative thoughts” to describe this sort of thing. ANTs, for short.
Just like their real-world counterparts, these ANTs are not so easy to deal with if their numbers are plentiful - that is, if you let the negative thoughts overpower you. It's a mind-set problem.
Get yourself stuck in a loop, and you'll end up having the same negative thoughts - again and again.
Here's one way to combat this: