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Thinking Styles

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The day 16 video concerned willpower. Siebold contends that it is the ONLY thing you need to reach your goals.

What I'm taking away from this video is another look at thinking styles:

Negative thinking is seeing the negative aspect of anything. It is based on fear and is used to avoid being hurt or disappointed. (emotion can cloud logic)

Positive thinking is seeing the positive aspect of anything. It is used to protect by seeing the good in everything. These people have more courage because they are often ridiculed as being delusional or "Pollyanna-ish." This is also based on emotion, which can cloud logic.

Critical thinking is considering both the negative and positive aspects of anything and reaching a conclusion based on the objective reality devoid of emotional interference. The conclusion may be positive, negative or a combination of both. This type of thinking is based primarily on logic. It is a more accurate picture of the way things really are.

I can think of instances when I've thought in each style. I must continue to monitor myself and see if there is a predominant style...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KANOE10 1/22/2014 8:29AM

    I can do all three thinking styles. I can generally be positive, but have to watch being a perfectionist and slipping into negative thinking that things are not going well. Being objective and thinking critical is something to work on to keep everything in balance.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/21/2014 8:00PM

    I would like to think that I'm a rational thinker, but is anyone completely objective about ourselves? I think I need to monitor myself to see which is predominant as well.

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JANTHEBLONDE 1/21/2014 3:00PM

    Congratulations on day 16! Way to go girl! I'm so proud of you!

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SUSANNAH31 1/21/2014 2:29PM

    I believe that when we remove the negative emotional thinking, that is always to our advantage.

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WATERMELLEN 1/21/2014 1:18PM

    Nice summary: and I agree, determining "predominant style" requires some monitoring. For me, it depends . . . on the context.

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PHOENIX1949 1/21/2014 10:56AM

    Working on getting to the critical thinking phase as the prominent style with my health & fitness. Already there in many other arenas. I've lost count of the number of times people have joked about my being a Pollyanna (a quiet one) -- in the past this made me self-conscious but now I will take it as a compliment!

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