Psychology Has It Backwards

Episode 87: Don’t Get Distracted by Details

Most of current psychology focuses on the details of people’s thinking — paying attention to negative thought content, encouraging positive thought content; suggesting journaling “important” thoughts, etc.  Working with the details of our thoughts is after the fact; once we’ve thought something, we experience that thought as real, and the more we think about it, the more “real” or significant it seems.  Understanding the principles focuses people on their power TO think.  When we see that we are always thinking and the way we experience our thoughts moment-to-moment depends on our state of mind, not the details of our thoughts, every moment is a chance for fresh thoughts and a new perspective.

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