Negative Thinking

Negative thinking includes thinking negatively about self, and the world around us. It is a common phenomenon to experience this now and then after encountering unfavorable situations, but the problem arises when it becomes a habit. People often find themselves engaging in negative thinking, without even realizing that they have become a part of the spiral which is quite difficult to break.

A negative thought spiral is a thinking pattern wherein favorable situations are also perceived as unfavorable, which leads one to believe that nothing is right in their lives and that they are doomed. Even though there isn’t much evidence to confirm this belief of theirs, they aren’t just able to de-clutter their minds. All thoughts are spiraled down to a negative outcome. It could be as small as not receiving a call back from a friend which leads to self-doubt. They might jump to conclusions based on an insignificant incident.

Negative thinking hampers the ability of an individual to perform a particular task or engage in social activities. They often isolate themselves as they are consumed with thoughts. It paves a way for other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression or can aggravate an already existing condition. Hence, it is very important to deal with it before it goes out of hand. It is advised that one seeks help immediately when they feel that their negative thoughts are persistent and it’s going out of hand.

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About the Author.

Shubhangi Mukherjee is a psychologist at You can learn more about her by clicking here

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