13 thoughts on “The Neuroscience of Changing Toxic Thinking Patterns (2 of 2)

  • December 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Life altering & enriching information.
    I am eternally grateful.

    • December 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

      So appreciate knowing this article has enriched your life in some way, Striver. You’re welcome, and I’m grateful for your taking time to express gratitude. Be well, and thanks again.

  • July 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Great article. So good that I am very disappointed that it is not forwarding to e mail recipients the way that it should. I confirmed this by needing to send it over 10 times to get it myself. Good stuff of the kind that should be easily shared and recommended. Praise for blog.

  • September 7, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Very good article. I would like to know more about how to unlearn thought processes and body and mind responses. For example: where there has been a panic response to physical issues, and whenever those symptoms get anywhere near flaring up again the old panic responses do to. It is easier to think with emotional issues only that they can be cured/controlled. But responses to a physical condition that does not go away or flares up is a lot harder.

  • April 3, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Sigh…Another article just telling what we need to do, without telling us HOW.

    • April 4, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Hello Ana, thanks for the comment. Some articles contain “how to” suggestions, others do not. If you want “how to” search for my articles that begin with words such as “10 Steps” or “7 Ways” or “5 Habits” and so on. Hope this helps, thanks again.

  • August 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Great article! I found it very enlightening and full of answers to questions I’ve been struggling with for a long time. The “how to” is right there in the article; paying attention to our thoughts and when we recognize a toxic thought/pattern replace it with a healthy one. That takes time and work but that’s what change is about. So fascinating, using the mind to try and understand the mind. Thank you! 🙂

    • August 26, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Angel, much appreciated.

  • October 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed BOTH articles on the neuroscience of thought. However I have a query…

    I’m still foggy on the process of transforming toxic thinking, and always have been. I’m also a lifecoach and so the fact that the process seems elusive affects my own success in my practice.

    If you have an actual process or series of ex crises to do I’d be very interested in knowing what they are. Again, excellent information. Just left with the question of “how…”

    • October 18, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Thanks for the support and commenting DEe13. It’s a great question, but this article is focused on understanding the process of change, which is also a first step to changing toxic thinking patterns. More steps are outlined in other posts, but if you really want to go into this experientially, I suggest a consultation session. Happy to go more in depth … thanks again.

  • December 4, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Indian philosophy has always reiterated that it is the self that is the cause of all conflict and irrational behavior. desire and need to attain something overrides any critical thinking and so there is a necessity to have self control and self restraint if one wants to observe a situation pragmatically. also every human being is treated as an observer even with respect to himself/herself and thus disassociating from the identification helps to recognize the event as it ought to be.
    enabling the self to control the thoughts that hijack emotions is the only way to solve a problem as it ends in dissipation of strong emotions and recriminations.
    thanks for the endorsement from a scientific angle

  • January 10, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Great article. I’m interested to know is there an amount of time or number of times that you need to ‘catch yourself’ to effectively re-wire the toxic thoughts.

    Is it dependent on how long the thoughts have been there? Ie if it’s a recent development it may be ‘treated’ more quickly, but if it’s persisted for many years it will take longer.

    • January 11, 2019 at 8:26 am

      Thanks for the question Martin. Change is dependent on several variables unique to the individual. One of the biggest determining factors is an individual’s belief to include desire to change and belief in own self and capacity to effect change as agent of own life etc. Based on research, to the extent the following three beliefs are believed (as evidenced by actions!!!), change can be lasting and “instant” so to speak:
      1. An individual comes to a place in their life where they, feeling somewhat exhausted, also deeply feel “Things have absolutely got to change!!! Or, “the current status quo is no longer okay for me to participate in!!”
      2. Based on #1 above, this individual also fully takes the reins of own power and agency (this necessitates that they let go of all “blame thinking” of others and, or self!) and now deeply feels/decides “I am the one who must change!!!” (First and foremost, the most critical changes are to own thinking/belief/vision patterns)!!!” The reason this belief is powerful in effective lasting or rapid change-activating is because, in reality, the only power each of us has is to change self. Thus focusing on energy you can control is the most effective use of energy! Complaining or waiting for others, or a situation etc to change can be huge waste of energy, even futile in some cases! Interestingly, however, it must also be noted that in many or most cases, when we change and take the reins of our own responses and thinking, etc., miraculously in some cases, others around us change — and so does “the situation”!!)
      3. Based on #1 and #2 above, this individual also believes “I CAN DO THIS!!!” (Thus they believe in themselves, or come to believe in themselves, having noted that just waiting for others etc can be, and is, totally exhausting! (And ineffective!)

      Hopes this helps! Best wishes!


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