This type of thinking is when you can only see the bad in a situation. Concentrating on the negatives while ignoring the positives.
Why do we do it?
Nancy Ellis in (https://wakeup-world.com/2015/08/01/negative-thinking-the-cause-of-chronic-depression-anxiety/)
Filtering out the positive can prevent you from establishing a realistic outlook on a situation. It is not a surprise that all negative thinking is fear-based, but did you know that chronic negative thinking that goes on day-after-day creates stress that can damage the body and mind, resulting in depression.Depression is your body’s defense mechanism against the ill-effects of chronic negative thinking. Depression ‘turns down’ all emotional responses. Without depression, your body must deal with the constant fight-or-flight stress response that is the result of chronic negative thinking.
Your life cannot be any better than your thoughts about your life.
The truth is, we all use ‘negative filtering’ from time to time. It’s only critical that you start to be mindful of it when you become anxious or depressed. By simply understanding that you’re doing it day in and day out, you can start to challenge the way you think and begin to open your mind to new ways of thinking.
What should I do?
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