Are you someone who is often plagued by negative thoughts while you are studying? Well, then you can take heart from the fact that you are not alone. Plenty of people suffer from a tendency to think negatively about themselves and this is not just something that they do only during their studying hours but pretty much every moment of their waking lives. It is sometimes quite natural to think negatively about life and many people are more prone to think negatively than others.
Also depending upon the mood, there are times when one has more negative thoughts and at other times they are able to have less of them. If you are consistently prone to negative thoughts, it can affect your concentration and reduce your ability to retain information that you learn from your books.
Whatever be your individual situation, it is vital that you get rid of your negative thoughts in order to achieve greater success with your studies. Negative thoughts and depression can not only reduce your overall ability to function to the best of your ability but they can also make you extremely cynical which can affect your social skills and seriously affect your mental agility to perform day to day tasks. Whether you choose to do it yourself or seek professional help for the same, you must try to achieve control over your thoughts so that they do not have the power to ruin your life.
Common patterns of negative thinking
Every individual, whether a man or a woman, has certain common patterns of negative thinking which they fall into time and again. If you are looking to attain control over your thinking, then you should first have anunderstandingabout the nature of your negative thinking processes. Here are some of the typical patterns of cognitive distortions that many people suffer from:
Many people tend to develop quite all-or-nothing or black or white methods of thinking that they apply in different walks of their lives. They use these absolute modes of judgment when they think about themselves or the others. Such tendencies hardly ever enable a person to develop proper understanding of the self and others.
Another common tendency is to filter out all positive aspects of a given situation or a person and only focusing on the negative aspects. Alternately, one might also see only the positive side of something and intentionally stay blind to the negative aspects. Both these behavior patterns stem from a desire for absolute perfection which is far from reality.
This indicates a tendency to generalize over something based on one single experience. For instance, a particular thing or person when once bad is always bad.
Some individuals have the tendency always to focus on the worst case scenarios and automatically blowing every small thing out of proportions.
The tendency to draw negative conclusions without reasonable evidence is another type of negative thinking. For instance, assuming that we know what is going to happen in the future.
This refers to a tendency of claiming personal responsibility for everything that is happening but is outside of oneâ€™s control.
Positive thinking as a practice
Positive thinking is not something that can be done momentarily. It has to be a practice, a way of lifestyle to have the desired effect. There are many ways which one can adopt to think positively, but they should be inculcated deeply into day to day life. Getting the correct education is all about the correct attitude where positivity is the key and there are no two ways about it. While the methods discussed below have been proven to have positive results on the psyche of a person, it is always better to take a slow but steady approach while practicing them.