Master the Habitual Mind and Escape the Nocebo Effect
Negative thinking is not a sign of depression – it’s the cause. Furthermore, negative leanings are a natural thought process that is indoctrinated into your mind through social conditioning. And pharmaceutical drugs will not help!
External factors play on your thoughts and emotions which can often generate ill-feelings and unhealthy ideas about the world and people in general.
The most powerful influences that infiltrate your perception of a daily basis are media stories designed to spread fear, together with politics and religion that evoke antagonism and anger. You then pass these ideas on to your children, just as your parents, teachers and peers passed them on to you.
You’ve probably noticed there are a lot of fixed rules of how you should behave. Whilst there is nothing wrong with moral codes, your subconscious is also being programmed with attitudes and belief systems that cause you to develop a view of the world.
Yet, the information you are fed through authoritative channels that are deemed “trustworthy” actually makes you delusional. You may have a view of the world that you think is ‘normal’ because your perception has been shaped to think what you are supposed to believe.
Even mainstream newsreaders are turning whistle-blowers in order to raise awareness of how national broadcast media is manipulated and paid for by corporate lobbyists. And let’s not forget what’s happening to the likes of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
The ‘Normal’ Way Of Life Is Stressful
If you want to know the hard facts, much of your present conditioning was implanted during childhood. Social conditioning comes from your parents, social stigmas, peer pressure and the education system. These values are reinforced as you mature.
As a child, most people become so accustomed to “how things are” that you don’t see what is really happening behind the veil as an adult. Furthermore, you develop habitual thinking that subsequently influences your actions.
Your thinking also triggers emotions. And every emotion you experience creates neurotransmitters to flow throughout your body. Many of these neurochemicals such as cortisol, adrenaline and dopamine are toxic and are released when the body comes under pressure.
When the body is flooded with too many stress chemicals, it cannot clear it out and illnesses develop. Physicians estimate that 75-90% of patient visits are stress related. Both Time Magazine and Stress.org reveal that stress is America’s number #1 cause of illness and the World Health Organisation describes stress as a ‘pandemic.’
As you mature and settle into adulthood, have you noticed you worry more and feel more anger, jealousy, hate, resentment, guilt and other negative thoughts that make you act out and feel like shot. You do this because these emotions are part of your emotional make-up.
Dr. Alan Watkins phd explains that children develop emotionally between the ages of six to nine. He also says that most people do not mature emotionally – which is why you have temper tantrums and ill feelings towards others.
The subconscious programs you develop as a child remains with you as an adult. But the mental programs you needed as a child do not serve you well as an adult. And oftentimes, they generate negative thoughts, emotions and actions.
In almost every case, negative thinking leads to anxiety and depression. Because these feelings are natural, you barely notice they are there.
This destructive conditioning is a form of mental illness that can seriously take over your life to the point you act irrationally. Eventually, the body rebels against the abuse it receives and you suffer a nervous breakdown – or ‘mid-life crisis.’
In other scenarios, negative thinking affects the way you manage your life and can cause serious illness such as heart disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and so on.
More commonly, negative thinking will make you develop insomnia and give you potential digestive disturbances which can be very disruptive to your enjoyment of life. If left untreated, mental issues will eventually manifest as physical complaints.
The Nocebo Effect
Most people have heard of the Placebo Effect whereby patients are given a sugar pill as a medicinal cure. Because they think the medication is healing them, they automatically feel better. Research shows that it is actually the patient’s imagination that cures them.
The same is true going the other way. The patient’s imagination causes the onset of illness.
Modern science is beginning to understand that the power of the human mind can have a massive impact on individuals. When you are unable to control your thoughts and emotions, you are a danger to yourself.
The reason many individuals do not have mastery over habitual thoughts and emotions is because the mind is delusional. You have been programmed with limiting beliefs and do not understand the true power of human nature.
The human mind is extremely self-damaging when left to run amok. Not only can you develop paranoia and other mental diseases that cause you to make poor choices, you can physically make yourself ill.
The Nocebo Effect is triggered by the brain releasing toxic chemicals that cause the body to go through dramatic changes.
Research has found that illness can be caused by worry, together with other negative thoughts that possess the habitual mind.
When the body is put under too much pressure from the secretion of toxic chemicals from the brain, illnesses develop.
Cliché terms like “scared to death” and “worried sick” are actual phenomena you can create psychosomatically without realising the damage you are causing yourself.
The “Fight-or-Flight-or-Freeze” Mechanism
When the human brain suffers from delusion – whether you are aware of it or not – it puts you under unnecessary stress which causes the nervous system to activate the fight-flight-or-freeze mechanism.
When you are put under stress and or in a situation in which you feel challenged, your brain responds to the situation. The amygdala sends a signal to the hypothalamus which communicates with the rest of the body through the central nervous system and peripheral nervous systems.
If you choose to fight, your brain releases the chemical, epinephrine which causes high blood pressure. This adrenaline rush will cause frequent expressions of anger, aggression, frustration or other forms of negative emotions.
And the same is true when you feel the need to defend yourself in a casual discussion or when you’re put under pressure at work, school or any other daily activities such as driving.
You experience the same physiological reaction in flight mode as well. Fear triggers the same chemical reaction as anger. And it is often the case that danger – or the need to defend yourself when you feel challenged – is not even a reality.
These feelings of paranoia and insecurity are generated by the ego which grows from delusional thinking of the conditioned habitual mind.
Ancient Ayurveda doctors of India, Chinese doctors and shamanic healers from Native American tribes, knew of the Nocebo effect thousands of years ago. The English word we use today derives from Latin meaning, “I will harm.”
Alternative healing practitioners that use ancient techniques and belief systems to treat patients, take into account the nature of a person before they diagnose a treatment. This typically includes their emotional states as well as their physical surroundings or history.
Ancient healers discovered illness was caused by toxic neurotransmitters related to stress – which are as much a product of negative thinking and as ill-led lifestyles. Studies by western scientists are now beginning to reach the same conclusions.
Yet, mainstream practitioners and psychiatrists are still plying patients with ineffective prescription drugs that do not work! Pharmaceutical companies repeatedly fail to find a cure, and have been found to cause other illnesses.
How many more drugs have to be pulled off the market because they are unsafe before the medical industry wake up?
Killing You Softly
In 2003 and 2007, C-suite executives at GlaxoSmithKline, Europe’s largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical drugs admitted the company’s drugs do not work on most patients. The company makes multi-billion pounds in profits.
A study in 2016 revealed that at least 426 pharmaceutical drugs have been pulled off the market. Most of these drugs have caused liver damage. This is also a common side effect that is stated on other pharmaceutical drugs.
Psychological studies also show that antipsychotic drugs cause more harm than good. Mental health professionals are under pressure after studies showed that neither anti-depressant drug therapy nor psychiatric counselling work.
In recent years, more psychiatrists are coming forward to admit the drugs don’t work. Furthermore, studies have shown that patients become dependent on psychoactive medications and question whether the validity and relevance of diagnostic systems are effective.
Part of the problem is that science does not explain how the subconscious mind works. It is, therefore, not taught in higher education classrooms. The education system is extremely easy for us to fall prey to indoctrinated dogmas.
Every experience you have in life develops your ego, which in turn, generates bloated opinions. Plato said: ‘Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”
It can often be the case that opinions are born from “delusional” thinking that is programmed by social conditioning. And if you think you are not delusional, you are being delusional.
The only cure is to understand your own mind.
Common Ways of Thinking
Psychiatrists have developed a list of symptoms that are fundamentally present in depressive thinkers.
Many of us cross these lines of thinking at some point, but if you do one or more on a regular basis, you are pressing the self-destruct button.
1. All or Nothing
The all or nothing way of thinking typically generates feelings of failure – even when you succeed. Unless you get a perfect score, you feel you are a good-for-nothing hopeless case.
This is a result of social conditioning that causes you to develop a subconscious program that you have limitations. Therefore, you experience limitations in your mind even when you succeed.
When you diminish positive situations, you find fault in something that you should celebrate. This way of thinking will turn you into a perfectionist and will always leave you with a feeling of dissatisfaction.
Furthermore, you are or will become, overbearing and moody. This brings everybody down with you and essentially destroys your relationships.
2. Jumping to Negative Conclusions
Jumping to negative conclusions involves convincing yourself something is wrong before the matter is even concluded. For example, you arrange a date with a member of the opposite sex but expect them to call it off.
Because you are generating negative ideas, you cause yourself unnecessary suffering – i.e anxiety – whilst dumping toxic chemicals into your body that could eventually manifest as a serious illness.
3. Over Generalisation
When something negative happens and you think every experience in the future will turn out the same, you suffer from over generalisation. This can make you a defeatist to the point where you stop trying.
If you don’t set yourself goals in your life, simply because you have a fear of failure, you will never achieve anything, thus suffer form a lack of self-respect and generally have an unfulfilling and unsatisfactory life.
Furthermore, your lack of self-confidence, and perhaps even self-disgust, will negatively affect your relationships and probably manifest in anxiety which will ultimately be even more debilitating.
4. Binocular Thinking
Binocular, or microscopic thinking, is where you blow every little thing out of proportion and make a drama out of nothing.
Your overblown reactions induce stress and can make you unbearable to be around because there is never any peace. You often cause arguments over the slightest little thing.
At the other end of the spectrum, you ignore the positive aspects about yourself and others, yet over-magnify errors and weaknesses in everything.
5. “Should Do” and “Must Do” Thinking
If you are constantly having thoughts that you should do this and must do that, you are likely to riddle yourself with guilt and self-hate.
Even worse, is when thinking along these lines is directed at other people, even though your theory may be unrealistic.
In such cases, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and your frustration will most likely lead to an argument that could otherwise have been avoided.
This type of thinking involves taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong, even when things are out of your control.
Guilt-ridden feelings and sayings like, “I should have been there for him,” are typical in mothers and wives.
The counter-delusion to this way of thinking is when you refuse to accept any blame for your own actions and accuse other people when things go wrong.
In both circumstances, you stunt personal development and generate negative feelings of stress and frustration.
Solutions to Prevent Negative Thinking
Conventional wisdom will have you believe that negative thinking is a by-product or a “red flag” of clinical depression.
Whilst it’s true that both co-exist simultaneously, negative thinking is not the result of depression, it’s the root cause. Therefore, if you notice you fall foul of the grand delusions mentioned above on a daily basis, you need to address the cause of your depression.
The reason for your condition could stem back to childhood or adolescence without you realising it was there. The yare repressed emotions or traumas you suffered at a young age.
It may be you are restless in a relationship or bored with your job, or you may have suffered a setback you haven’t recovered from yet.
Whatever the reason for being depressed, anxious, or suffering from other cognitive disorders, there are plenty of ways to fix it. Taking up a new hobby, taking a break or changing your routine will help a little.
But the real work has to come from within. First of all, stop blaming and shaming yourself, try not to pass judgement over others and always look to find a positive in every situation rather than focusing on the negative.
You should also think about taking self-development lessons to help you identify weaknesses in your character and lines of thought so you can work on turning them into strengths whereby you will naturally feel better “in yourself.”
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