Using the word Positive and PTSD in the same sentence does not seem right. There is nothing positive about the impact that PTSD has on your life. When someone says PTSD, it's likely that dozens of negative words pop into your mind.
Telling a person who has PTSD that they must think positive is like telling a quadriplegic that he needs to climb mount Everest. It just isn't going to happen. Everyone knows that positive thinking doesn't work for people who have PTSD.
So why is this website talking about Positive PTSD?
It turns out that most people don't understand how the brain works; they don't know that positive thinking can actually make their life worse rather than better.
Positive thinking doesn't have anything to do with the content of your thoughts. It has a great deal to do with the way the brain operates. Your brain is an affirming machine that affirms the negative just as easily as the positive; it affirms the bad just as easily as the good. Your brain is positive about many things that are factually untrue. And when you are positive about the wrong things, your positive thinking actually gets you into trouble.
You can have a positive operating system up and running, and still have a mind full of negative thoughts. All of those negative thoughts could not do their dastardly deed without the help of a brain that is an accessory to the crime.
It turns out that positive thinking is not always positive when you are affirming dark, destructive thoughts.
If you want to deal with PTSD, you need to understand positive thinking for what it is and what it is not. You need to understand what it can and cannot do. You need to understand how it can help you, and how it can get you into trouble. You need to learn how to use positive thinking to make your life better rather than make it worse.
That is what Positive PTSD is all about.
This is your opportunity to make positive thinking into a strong ally that makes you life better.
POSITIVE THINKING IS THE NATURAL SOFTWARE FOR YOUR MIND
Positive thinking works because it is the natural software for your mind. God designed a positive software package that permits your mind to function at full capacity and maximum efficiency. He created your mind to work best with a positive operating system.
Negative thinking doesn't work well, because your mind was not designed to function with a negative operating system. Although your mind is an awesome biocomputer, it will not function well using the wrong software. Severely depressed people run a negative operating system most of the time, and they illustrate how bad things can get when negative thinking takes control of their thoughts.
Positive thinking truly is the right type of thinking. Positive thinking is more than a good idea. It's the way your mind was designed to work. God designed your mind to function best when it’s under the influence of positive beliefs.
Positive thinking will not make your life perfect. It will not make all your problems disappear or prevent serious illness and accidents. Nevertheless, positive thinking will make your life immeasurably better. No amount of positive thinking will take something bad and turn it into something good; however, positive thinking will turn it into something better. No matter how negative your life is, thinking positive makes it better.
Positive thinking confuses many people. They don't understand why it's so hard to develop a positive mind. They sincerely want to become a positive person, but they don't have a clue as to how they can make it happen. No matter how hard they try to think positive thoughts, they end up with negative ones instead.
They have a fundamental misunderstanding about how you create a positive mind. They try to think positive thoughts by trying to think positive thoughts - a strategy that does not work. The reason is simple. A negative mind does not have positive thoughts inside, and whatever you have inside your mind is what is going to come out. No matter how hard you try to be positive, and no matter how much you want to be positive, if you have a negative mind, you will have negative thoughts.
Positive thinking is the result of putting positive things into your mind. It's a sign that you have filled your mind with positive things.
Trying to think positive thoughts without first putting positive things into your mind is a waste of time. It won't work and cannot work. It's impossible to get positive thoughts out of a negative mind. If there aren't any positive thoughts inside, then there is nothing positive that can come out.
Positive thinking is the summation of all the positive things that you have put into your mind. Negative thinking is a summation of all the toxic waste that you have allowed into your mind.
Your mind is like a giant adding machine that sums up what you have put into your mind. When you fill your mind with positive things, the positive thoughts will control and dominate your mind, because that is what you have inside. If you are having a problem with negative thoughts, it because that is what is inside your mind. If you want to have different thoughts, you must put different things inside.
There is a difference between thinking positive and putting positive things into your mind. You can't think positive unless you already have positive things in your mind. Filling your mind with positive things must come first. That's why it's imperative that you control what gets into your mind.
If you fill your mind with toxic waste, you will end up with a negative mind. It's not a mystery. If you fill a bucket with water, when you empty the bucket, water is what comes out. If you fill your mental bucket with positive things, then when you empty your mental bucket, positive thoughts flow out.
Trying to think positive thoughts without having a mind full of positive things will not work. It's impossible.
THE POSITIVE MIND IS NOT ALWAYS POSITIVE
The positive mind is not always positive, but it is never in doubt. Many times the positive mind is biased, unbalanced, and extremely negative. Sometimes the positive mind affirms things that are factually untrue.
Once you understand that the positive mind is an affirming machine, you have taken the first step to understanding the nature of positive thinking. The next step is to understand that the positive mind affirms negative things just as easily as it does positive ones.
God gave you an awesome mind that is an affirming machine. It is up to you to decide whether those affirmations will be positive or negative, healthy or sick, constructive or destructive.
THREE ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT POSITIVE THINKING
1. Positive thinking comes in two forms: Positively Positive and Positively Negative
2. The opposite of positive thinking is not negative thinking.
3. The opposite of positive thinking is doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear.
Until you understand these essential facts, there is a high probability that positive thinking will not work its miracle for you. In fact, positive thinking may even make your life worse.
The battle for a positive mind is even more challenging when doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear assume control. The doubting mind is the antithesis of the positive mind. The opposite of positive thinking is doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear, and when they are in charge, nothing good happens.
For all practical purposes, your mind is either in a positive state or in a state of uncertainty, doubt, ambivalence, and fear.
The positive state has two forms: you can be positively positive or positively negative. Most people experience some combination of the two.
Positively positive is a constructive state that makes your life easier taking you in the direction of your dreams.
Positively negative is a destructive state that makes your life harder than it needs to be and takes you where you don’t want to go.
Doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear are destructive maladaptive states that take over when a positively positive operating system is not in control. Your mind does not do a good job of handling doubt and ambivalence. A mind full of these culprits is inefficient and dysfunctional.
If you want positive thinking to make your life better, you must remain in a positively positive state. The other two states are extremely destructive, and if you choose to live there, you can say good-bye to your dreams as your life enters an endless downward spiral.
THE CRIPPLED MIND
Although you can never turn off your brain, you can cripple the affirming machine with doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear.
When your mind loses the power to affirm, it becomes impotent. You are mentally decapitated because positive affirmations no longer flow from your mind.
Rene Descartes penned the words, “I think, therefore I am.” This simple premise states the fact that my ability to think proves that I actually exist.
Although I don’t have any doubts about my existence, the human mind could make a similar claim. “I affirm, therefore I am.” Part of what it means for the brain to exist is the power to affirm, and when you strip it of that power, you diminish it to a significant degree. It’s impossible to affirm anything positive when doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear cripple the mind.
Nothing good ever comes from doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence and fear.
THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS
Which is better? A positively negative mind or a mind crippled by doubt, ambivalence, and fear?
I would not choose either of these states, but if I had to choose, I would choose the positively negative mind over the crippled one.
The positively negative mind is working normally in the sense that it is still affirming things. Although it is affirming the wrong things, at least it is still working. It isn’t crippled. Rather, it is misdirected and misinformed. A positively negative mind gives me more with which to work. If I can move the affirmations in a positive and constructive direction, things can rapidly improve because I don’t have to deal with a crippled mind.
A mind crippled by doubt, ambivalence, and fear is an entirely different story. That mind is not even to square zero because it has forgotten how to affirm. The first order of the day is to retrain the mind so that it starts affirming once again. That gets you back to square zero, and then you can start reprogramming the mind with powerful positive affirmations so that the mind can start doing what it does best. It’s time to prime the positive pump with positive affirmations so the mind can start affirming once again. You must repeat positive thoughts to your mind until your mind repeats them back to you.
Positive thinking has another meaning beyond simple affirmations.
Positive means congruent and non-ambivalent. It is a form of inner congruence.
What is inner congruence?
Internal congruence is about who you are. It looks at the three parts of you that make you uniquely human.
Inner congruence exists when your mind, heart, and will are all committed to moving together in a non-ambivalent fashion to achieve a worthwhile purpose.
People have understood the importance of inner congruence for thousands of years. The Bible teaches that you are to love God with all your mind, all your heart, and all your strength. This passage of scripture lays out what it means to achieve internal congruence. You must get you mind, your heart, and your will all heading in the same direction if you want big things to happen in your life. If your mind wants one thing, your heart wants something else, and your will is not willing to do whatever it takes, you are in trouble. You are heading in different directions in your mind, heart, and will, and this lack of congruence literally tears you apart. You are stuck until you get your mind, heart, and will to work together and head in the same direction.
Each time you face an important decision, you must ask yourself three questions:
1. Do I want this with my head?
2. Do I want this with my heart?
3. Am I willing to do whatever it takes?
If you answer yes to all three questions, ambivalence is not a problem, and you have internal congruence. You will be able to move forward in a positive manner because every part of who you are is on the same page working to achieve the same positive outcome.
If you answer no to any of the questions, ambivalence is present and internal congruence does not exist. You may as well stop right where you are and resolve the ambivalence before you try to move ahead. You will never be able to move forward in a positive manner until you have internal congruence.
The third meaning of positive thinking relates to external congruence.
External congruence relates to what you do. Specifically it relates to what you think, say, and do.
External congruence happens when what you think, say, and do are exactly the same. There is no gap between thinking, saying, and doing. They are all in agreement and heading in the same direction.
Talk is cheap, fast, and easy. Doing is hard, expensive, and takes lots of time. The difference between saying and doing is the difference between heaven and hell, the difference between bogging down in Nowhere Land and sailing on the ocean of your dreams.
The gap between thinking, saying, and doing stops millions of people from living positive lives in which their dreams actually come true.
You cannot be a positive person when there is a gaping chasm between what you think, say, and do. The instant that you close the gap, you become an Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly Persistent, Doer of Dreams.
DOES POSITIVE THINKING WORK?
There is no doubt about it. Positive thinking works, and it works all the time unless you are trapped in doubt, ambivalence and fear. Positive thinking will work for you and make your life better once you understand what it is and how it works.
Positive Thinking is much more complicated than repeating a few positive affirmations and hoping for the best. Positive Thinking is about learning to run your mind in a way that takes you to your dreams.
I have given you the roadmap to becoming a positive person who has a Positively Positive operating system running in their mind.
If you want to be positive, nobody can stop you.
POSITIVE POWER SUMMARY
What does it mean to be a positive person?
1. You are positively positive so that your mind affirms positive and constructive things.
2. You are internally congruent so that your heart, mind, and will are all heading in the same direction.
3. You are externally congruent so that what you think, say, and do are exactly the same. There is no gap between what you think, say, and do.
If your mind is positively positive, and if you demonstrate internal and external congruence, there is no limit to how good your life can become.
A Positively positive operating system combined with double congruence can do more than change your life. You might even change the world.
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Emotions no more reflect the facts of life than shadows from the clouds control the sun that create them. The shadow of emotion must not control your life.
What you focus on expands into your mind. Depression's negative focus causes negativity to expand into your life.
What you put into your mind affects the chemistry of your brain. When you put in positive things, you push the chemistry in a positive direction.
When your heart is full of emotions consistent with God's love, your emotions are healthy, and your heart is exactly the way God means for it to be.
Positive thinking is the right type of thinking. It's the natural software for your mind and is the most efficent way to run your brain. It's the way God designed your mind to work.
Who you are now doesn't matter nearly so much as who you will become when the power of God's love rolls through your heart and mind and makes you into a new person with a new life.
The love you send to others comes multiplied back to you. The more you send to others, the better your life becomes.
The moment you assume command and control your mental focus, the battle against depression shifts in your favor.
What you put into your mind is important because it changes who you are. What others put in is equally important because it changes who you are as well.
You can't just throw out negative thoughts. They come right back like negative boomerangs. The only way to keep out negative thoughts is to put in something positive to take their place.
The fog of depression and anxiety is like the fog of war. It's hard to see where you are going, and even if you could see, you might not know which way to head to escape. In those hard times, it's all to easy to get disoriented and to strap yourself into the electric chair of depression.
The journey out of the Land of Depression is like an uphill climb that never seems to end. You just keep moving forward and climbing upward hoping that soon you will come out at the top. Driving out of the Land of Depression can be like going up the Moqi Dugway. You have to remember that if you keep on keeping on and make good choices, you will eventually make it to the top. Just because it is a long upward climb does not mean it is impossible. You have to keep moving forward and not surrender to fear and despair, and eventually you will conquer your depression.
What you put into your mind is critical. You cannot fill your mind with toxic waste and expect that you will somehow magically become a positive person. Putting water in a gas tank will not turn the water into gasoline. Putting toxic waste into your mind will not turn the toxic waste into positive thoughts. If you put garbage in, you get garbage out. If you put good stuff in, you get good stuff out.
Do you choose depression or does depression choose you? I have never met a person who chose to be depressed. The general feeling out there is that depression just happens. I strongly disagree with that statement. Although people don't consciously choose to become depressed, they do make choices that pave the royal road to depression. The choices you make about what you put into your mind, the chemicals you use, the things you watch in the media, the conversations you have, and what you say to yourself all have a massive impact on whether you have a positive or negative mind.
There’s a lot of push and shove going on in your mind, and you’re the one who’s getting pushed around. Too often, your inner voice beats you up and forces you into a corner. And after it knocks you down, it doesn’t stop the assault. It just keeps pummeling you with more negative and depressing thoughts. If you are going to break the back of negative thinking, you must do some pushing and shoving of your own. You will have to pump some mental iron and deliver a knock out punch to all the negative thoughts that have been giving you such a hard time. You are going to have to strong arm your mind.
I am a never quit sort of a person. Never quit is my mantra and my modus operandi. But when it comes to depression, you need to be an excellent quitter. You need to become an expert at how to send depression packing. If I was passing out blue ribbons to people who have won the battle for a positive mind and who no longer suffer with depression, the ribbon would say, "I am a quitter". This badge of honor would be reserved for people who stop doing depression. Anyone quitting depression has accomplished something major, and they deserve our respect, recognition, and admiration.
I can't say that I have ever been depressed. There have been plenty of times that I have been down and discouraged, but I have never lost command and control or believed the negative thoughts that occasionally blow through my mind. But when I get down, I know the cure. All I have to do is climb into my Land Rover, and suddenly I feel great. Once I get behind the wheel of my Defender, I am instantly transported to a positive destination, and I know that life is good.
For most people, negative thinking is simply a sign of fatigue. Fatigue is normal; it isn't a pathological state, and it's a mistake to regard it as such. Fatigue makes cowards of everyone. When you are tired, your problems appear insurmountable. Although the horizon of life was clear only a few hours earlier, now mountains of difficulty suddenly loom into view. Your fears are now overwhelming. All of the hobgoblins of your subconscious mind dance merrily in front of your eyes.
You don't have to let the voice of depression control your inner dialogue. You can use positive self-talk to change the conversation. What you say to yourself determines the focus of your mind and helps you reestablish command and control over your thoughts. If you want to have a mind free from depression, nobody can stop you.
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