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Posted on Nov 17, 2009 5:38:38 PM PST
David Corbin says:
Here's something very interesting to read on the subject, FYI.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009 9:28:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2009 8:29:22 AM PST
Melanie says:
David Corbin

Here is a study that compliments your claims -- I think! The first study on this subject was done in the late 1980s. There was tremendous opposition to the findings then. My instructor for Abnormal Psychology said that it just was not true. :-) But here is the study again, with the same conclusions. I suppose the majority of people adhere to the adage, "Ignorance is bliss".

"Study: Mildly depressed people more perceptive than others"

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 8:17:08 AM PST
Randy Kadish says:
IMHO the idea of positive thinking is great in theory, but just not always realistic. How can a person think positively when he or she has suffered many setbacks? Also, how can a person think positively when deep down inside he or she is harboring a trauma, a hurt that they haven't come to terms with? I believe deep hurts block positive thinking.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 3:24:36 PM PST
Spinoza says:
Here's an example of the Positive Power of Negative Thinking:

You are offered the most wonderful, fantastic job in your life - great pay, interesting work, enjoyable colleagues, the opportunity to grow and succeed, the ability to help others, and all the attendant fame and fortune you could possibly handle.

You consider the offer, but refuse it: it jusrt sounds too good to be true. There are no negatives and no drawbacks.

Sometime later you read in the newspaper that the guy who did take the job wound up in jail and disgraced for the rest of his life.

Guess who took the job? Bernie Madoff!

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 9:54:48 PM PST
J.L.K. says:
Hi folks, I'm new to this thread. I stumbled across this topic and my attention was piqued. So if you don't mind, I'll just drop my two cents in here for what it's worth.--> (probably 2 cents) LOL

What works for me is 'acceptance'. Not a fatalistic sort of acceptance, but an honest look at what truly is. There is no denial when I accept both the joy and the pain since they are both major players in the game of life. The problem is the pain. Let's face it, pain is... well... painful. I think most of us don't want to feel it. I sure don't welcome it, yet much of the time I find that my pain will dissipate if I am willing to accept and be with it instead of ignoring it or taking refuge in some mindless activity. (which could be anything... the internet, t.v. shopping or just staying busy so I don't have to feel any pain)

This is actually a process I've been learning for about the last 3 years. It's somewhat spiritual in nature but it's also used in some psychology circles as well. By accepting and dealing w my fears (and all negativity in my life) my life has changed for the better, including bouts of depression I once suffered from.

In the past, I used to admire those who saw the bright side of everything. I wondered what was wrong with me? Today I see the pollyanna attitude for what it is -- probably a strategy used to avoid pain.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2010 8:14:27 AM PST
Melanie says:
Liv n Let Liv

I enjoyed your post. I have come to similar conclusions over the years and agree that accepting all of life -- not just the feel-good parts -- is necessary for psychological growth and spiritual enlightenment.

Your Amazon-Discussion-profile picture (the boy and his dog praying) is one that I have in my picture file -- sent to me by an Amazon friend a few years ago. It's precious.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2010 9:59:48 AM PST
David Corbin says:
I couldnt agree more with your last sentence. Avoidance is all too common with regard to dealing with difficult issues. Negative issues (and I use the term broadly in my book), when faced, often appear 'smaller' than when we keep them hidden under the rug. The energy to suppress is often much more than the energy to face. Go for it!
David M. Corbin

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 8:55:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2010 8:57:56 AM PST
Positive thinking is still thinking, which means being conscious of reality. Recognizing a problem isn't the same as giving in to it and discussing a negative doesn't have to be the same as whining. I did a blog post recently ( ) about the way we add a label to something and close off all new insights that don't fit the label. Positive thinking...negative long was we're really thinking, it's a good thing.

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