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You Don’t Have to Believe Everything You Think

A belief is healthy if it catalyzes positive emotion. Negative, self-defeating or self-deprecating beliefs are unhealthy because they catalyze emotional distress and bodily stress, which is very bad for our health and wellbeing. Although negative thinking is unhealthy, positive thinking can be extremely difficult to achieve when you are not feeling well or things in your life are not going well. Negative thoughts and beliefs are only harmful when you view them as factual. The best way to work with negative thinking is to learn how to distance yourself from those unhealthy thought patterns. Learn to view thoughts as nothing but insubstantial mental concepts; don’t buy into them.


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You Don’t Have to Believe Everything You Think

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Berkelhammer is a retired mind-body medicine psychologist. He writes about mindfulness-based practices with a unique emphasis on optimization of wellbeing and health. Dr. Berkelhammer also lectures at San Francisco State University and UC San Francisco, and is currently teaching a class in Marin County through College of Marin. He is the author of the book "In Your Own Hands; New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions".

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Berkelhammer, D. (2016). You Don’t Have to Believe Everything You Think. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/own-hands/2016/03/you-dont-have-to-believe-everything-you-think/

 

Last updated: 14 Mar 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 14 Mar 2016
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