All posts tagged: Negative thinking

Taking captive dementia?

A recent study undertaken by researchers from the London-based University College concluded that repetitive negative thinking could be a risk factor for dementia. In their study, the researchers followed 300 older people for a period of two years, tracking their response to negative situations in their life. They particularly focussed their attention on “repetitive” negative thinking where you rehash situations or particular thoughts in your mind again and again. They also tracked how much these individuals worried. In addition, the researchers did brain scans on 113 members of the study group to determine if two proteins, amyloid and tau, were accumulating in their minds. These are known contributors to Alzheimer. The researchers concluded from their study that four years later people with high rates of negative repetitive thinking had higher accumulations of the tau and amyloid in their brain and as well were showing a greater cognitive decline than those who weren’t as negative. There was a noticeable decline in just four years. Speaking on behalf of the research group, Dr. Gael Chételat said: “Our …

Where are your thoughts taking you?

My greatest struggle over the years has been that deep-rooted feeling that I was ‘not good enough.’ Feeling and believing this way led me to some very unhealthy places. I became lethargic and allowed circumstances to roll over me because I believed I was a door mat. People were always going to wipe their feet on me, because that’s who I was. Because I was thinking I wasn’t good enough, it brought along feelings that I can’t do this. I have failed before, so I will probably fail again. The mind is the battlefield, and your life is always moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts. You become who you think you are. The Bible says that as a man thinks so is he (Proverbs 23:7). In other words, our thinking becomes our reality. If you believe you are a victim, always blaming outside circumstances, you will stay a victim. Yet the power to change is inside you, but if you believe it isn’t, then you are trapped. When your mind is consumed by …