Simple trick unleashes your brain's capacity to handle negativity and bad news (based on research)


If you live in the real world, you're going to encounter bad news and negativity every single day.

For many of us, it's a lot to cope with. However, research has revealed a counter-intuitive little trick that puts your brain the best possible position to deal with reality.

In fact, your brain has much more capacity to assimilate negativity that you might realize.

Most people, upon encountering bad news or a negative person, go into avoidance mode. It turns out that this is the very opposite of what you brain needs you to do. Attempting to shut out negative thoughts and feelings only thwarts the brain's process of digesting these experiences and letting them go.

So, you put these thoughts out of your mind, but then have to keep fighting them off all day long (because your brain isn't done with them). Then,

• Negative tension festers in your stomach, chest and shoulders.
• It clutters your thoughts and distracts you from the task at hand.
• It causes chronic stress and physical ailments (tense muscles, digestive problems and lethargy).

Negative stress is exhausting!

The good news….

Your brain is ready to handle all things bad – and handle them permanently if you allow it to. You just have to know what to do.

The research…

According to a team from Tel Aviv University's School of Psychological Science, repeated exposure to a negative headline lessens its impact on your thinking and mood.

This flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Most people simply want to put the bad stuff out of their minds as quickly as possible. This, it turns out, is a terrible idea. It's like dropping a steak in your stomach and then turning off all the digestive juices. It sits there like a rock.

Researchers hypothesized that as the negative words in a headline or news article are repeated, it would lessen the effect on a person's mood. The repetition seems to allow your brain's digestive juices to flow.

To test the hypotheses, scientists used the "emotional Stroop task," an established psychological test for evaluating a person's emotional state, combined with a survey administered to study participants following the test.

The researchers found that through repetition, negative words began to lose their power over a person's mind, lessening the effects on mood and cognition. In fact, study participants who repeatedly exposed themselves to the bad news had no after effects.

Participants who were not allowed repeated exposure suffered the expected bad moods and slowed cognition.

The proper way to process the bad news, then, would be as follows: Instead of reading the headline and allowing it to affect your mood, press on. Repeatedly expose yourself to the negative information by reading the entire article. You must allow your brain to understand and digest the information so that it can move on to other concerns.

This will prevent you from short-circuiting your brain's capability to assimilate the negativity. And it will lessen the effect on your mood, leaving you mentally freer to go about your day.

While we've long been warned about the negative impact of overexposure to bad news, this study suggests that under exposure can be equally as damaging.

The above study also validates my own experience, as well as my experience with clients and NLP students.

Many of my clients work with me on their most dreaded issues of self-sabotage. These courageous souls are confronting the fact that they have repeatedly set themselves up to be controlled, rejected and deprived over a long period of time.

It's so easy to avoid thinking about these painful circumstances. Worse, your subconscious mind is actively disguising the set up so that you won't discover it. You need to play detective in order to know the truth about what is actually going on right under your nose!

You might think that when you are exposed to the raw facts, it would be painful. However, it isn't. In fact, people feel so relieved and "sane" when they see it. Repeated exposure only makes them feel more empowered, with choices that they had never considered possible before.

All this is leading us at the iNLP Center to develop revolutionary new protocols that will be announced in the early part of 2014. It has wild implications for goal setting (we call them inverted goals) and affirmations (research suggests that positive affirmations are surprisingly ineffective, but we have a totally new twist on them).

Bottom line: Don't be afraid of bad news, negativity or any painful truth. Your brain is well equipped to handle these and adapt. You need to give it a chance to work!


Republished with permission from Natural News
Written by Mike Bundrant

About the author:

Mike Bundrant is author of the book, Your Achilles Eel, Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage. You've never read a book like this before…

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  1. I am surprised at how negative the comments are. The funny thing is that the negative comments preach about avoiding negativity. Hypocritical really, but I guess we all are. Anyway, negativity is not something to be discarded and avoided, that is impossible. Negativity is to be embraced for that is how we learn. What you resist persists.

  2. Very interesting. I think it's true. Some years ago I was not very aware of whats going on in the world, politically, environmentally and so on. So I read about all the bad stuff going on and became depressed, anxious, had nightmares … But I couldn't stop reading and learning … after some time I felt better – it seemed like the more I knew the better I felt, even though the news and info was very bad.

  3. This is BS and I am surprised to see this article on this site. Agree with the other poster that this is some manipulation of facts or just simply luck of proper understanding how universe works. Ther is law of attraction working, so the more negativity you sourround yourself with, the more you will get back. See Japanese doctor research about water and how it is affected by negative thoughts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAvzsjcBtx8

    It is possible that we have some natural way to decent ourself against negativity, but why would you want to put yourself in negative situation in the first place?? This gives power to demonic entities to enter and posses your body, they do this for thousands of years already. Those entities, They control many leaders. They are reptylian race, also called bad spirits or demons in many traditions. They control the current elite of the world. However they power is ending as the new age is coming to this planet, new golden era. All the revolutions and climate/planet changes are the taste what yet to come.

  4. I Completely Disagree with this blog. I don't care who made the study, it sounds like the DC at work here ,to get us to take in more negativity, so they can feed off of it. I thought you people on this site would know better than to fall for such crap.
    The best way to avoid Fear Trauma, is not to read it in the 1st place. When you scam the news and its fear mongering as almost always then after you read the headlines, stop there, do not read the blog. Read only the positive ones that will inspire you and lift you up which of course you will not find in the MSM. We R 1. Adonai

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