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    The solution is to stop thinking so big, to break those sweeping dramatic narratives about meaning, and to narrow your scope down to what you have control over now or soon. Every day, make sure to do at least one thing that is good for you in the long term -- this will positively reinforce taking action. Over time, you start to see the effects of treating yourself better and the feeling of personal power will begin to break through the clouds of negative ruminating bullshit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Is there anything other than "focusing on the good" that one can do? Is it a one way path once it begins? It's not so much about being outwardly critical or negative per se, but the tendency is to filter everything in life through this microscope that's always looking for the "bad".
    The alternative is denial, and for the hardcore, group denial.

    So although it is important to deny that Jesus supported institutional slavery, for the denial to really take hold, it is important to deny it in a group, such as your local church.

    And in the same way it is important to deny that Carl Jung, the founder of mbti, was psychotic, lived off his rich wife, adored the Führer, sexually abused his female patients, and wrote, "Psychological Types", without any empirical evidence whatsoever. But it is more important to deny it in a group such as Typologycentral.

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    By releasing dopamine and creating positive experiences.

    -have lots of sex
    -make lots of money
    -travel
    -party after a hard day's work
    -excercise
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Is there anything other than "focusing on the good" that one can do? Is it a one way path once it begins? It's not so much about being outwardly critical or negative per se, but the tendency is to filter everything in life through this microscope that's always looking for the "bad".
    I don't see being critical as a negative. It can cause internal conflict which can produce excellent results. I would just remind yourself of a bigger picture. Give yourself credit for what you've done but know what needs improvement. Keep balanced. Have realistic goals. That should keep the negativity away.
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    Or embrace the negative and go deeper and deeper and deeper until the negative transforms. And in transforming the negative, we transform ourselves.

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    there's little you can actively do.


    act with your normal mind. reflect when inactive.

    hopefully, through time, your normal mind will evolve.




    at least this is where i'm at right now =/

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    fucking double posts. i hate feeling i must think of twice the content just to make up for my phone's shittiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Is there anything other than "focusing on the good" that one can do? Is it a one way path once it begins? It's not so much about being outwardly critical or negative per se, but the tendency is to filter everything in life through this microscope that's always looking for the "bad".
    Divorce yourself from defeating thoughts by making a choice you believe in and following it without any room for doubt.
    To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
    ~ Elbert Hubbard

    Music provides one of the clearest examples of a much deeper relation between mathematics and human experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Is there anything other than "focusing on the good" that one can do? Is it a one way path once it begins? It's not so much about being outwardly critical or negative per se, but the tendency is to filter everything in life through this microscope that's always looking for the "bad".
    You don't need to reverse it. Just hang around people who like it (hopefully yourself too).

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    Has anybody suggested lobotomy yet?

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