In this article I will explain the Power of positive mind and positive thinking , How they work and even their scientific basis. Also I'll show you 10 real examples.
If we talk about the ability of the mind to create positive results in life , Optimism or positive thinking, you can be in one of these groups: 1) c Rees on it and put it into practice, 2) T You believe it but you do not put it into practice, 3) You do not believe it and you do not put it into practice.
In any case, I am sure you will often wonder if there really is any sense in being optimistic or if there is the subconscious mind.
The human being is in itself pessimistic, tends to imagine the negative results, something that has helped him to evolve and that has to do with the Cerebral amygdala .
Do we currently have a positive or negative thinking?
The fact is that being pessimistic helped a lot for thousands of years, when you had to be alert if you ate a tiger when you went out to get food.
At present there are many less dangers, but people are still quite pessimistic.
However, the reality is that we live in the most abundant time in history:
- The smartphone or laptop that you are probably reading this article has the same technology as the one that had NASA when it traveled to the moon
- You have much more information than any president of a state 20 years ago
- The price of clothing and life in general has dropped (who could afford to buy technology or a car 70 years ago?)
- More cures are being discovered for diseases
But yes; We are still quite pessimistic, we do not consider the healing power of a positive mind...
Can you have a better life by having a positive mind?
In Psychology, the most common view of being positive / optimistic is"to maintain positive expectations about the future, having an implication in behavior."
It basically refers to the belief that good things will happen in your life.
If you act in the attainment of something, you do it because you think it is likely to achieve those goals from your actions.
If you are convinced that what you want to achieve is possible, you will try With perseverance Although progress is difficult or slow.
If you see the goals as unreachable, you will decrease the effort and de-motivate yourself. Therefore, your expectations will have an effect on two types of behaviors: abandon or persist.
There are numerous studies confirming that people who are optimists feel greater well-being in their lives and less stress That pessimistic people.
And not only in subjective well-being, but also in physical well-being.
For example, optimistic patients have been shown to be less likely to have heart attacks in operations and recover faster.
Therefore, optimistic people are better able to deal with problems than pessimists:
- Optimists often take direct action in solving their problems and are more focused on solving them. They accept in greater degree the situations that they encounter and often leave negative experiences and deal better with them
- Pessimists often react to stressful situations by denying them or avoiding dealing with problems. In addition, pessimists are more likely to give up when difficulties arise.
Other positive thinking benefits according to the Mayo Clinic are:
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of stress
- Increased resistance to colds
- Greater physical and psychological
- Lower risk of death due to cardiovascular accidents
- Better coping skills and stressful moments.
Why are some people optimistic and pessimistic?
It is known that at least one part is genetic. However, another significant part is because of the experiences and environment that the person has lived.
At the same time, learning from experiences of success or failure is important.
If a person has failed in the past, he tends to think that he will fail again in the future.
Do you have to be positive?
There are documentaries and well-known books on the power of thought and on The law of attraction , That it is very good to think positively.
However, many only address this issue and do not comment on other aspects so that these positive thoughts have results, as it is necessary:
- To take action
- To set goals
- To persist
- Learn some techniques To troubleshoot .
The most problematic thing to believe all that these pseudo-scientific books say is:
Some even make you feel guilty for not always being optimistic and happy
In some circumstances it is normal to be sad. There is a difference between being sad and being depressed:
- Being sad is a normal and adaptive emotion that actually helps to cope better with life. If you have been lying on the couch for two months, you will probably be sad, if you fight with your family you will be sad, if someone near you dies or you break up with your partner, you will be sad.
All these are events that do not help to meet the demands of life and are maladaptive. Therefore, the simple fact of feeling sad, mobilizes you to change the circumstances.
- The party is the Depression , Which is a disease and must meet certain conditions to be diagnosed: eating too much or nothing, sleeping too much or nothing, being unable to enjoy, recurring negative thoughts, etc.
These books also lead one to think that all people have the same possibilities of development and this is true under certain conditions.
For example, the middle class of any country if it has the same possibilities.
But, logically, he will not have the same possibilities as the son of a billionaire.
And the son of an African Indian is not going to have the same possibilities as the son of an American.
To think that only thinking positively you are going to solve certain situations that are uncontrollable
Imagine that a person becomes so optimistic that he thinks that only by having positive thoughts will he be cured of a serious illness and that therefore, it is not treated with the necessary medical resources.
But not all self-help books are negative, in fact Here I have made a list of the best.
Is being optimistic always good?
Generally yes, except when you are too optimistic.
For example, you can become so optimistic that you study very little for an exam because you are convinced that you will approve it effortlessly.
Also, it will be negative to be optimistic when trying to act in a situation that is uncontrollable or that implies a greater loss.
Example: Be optimistic that you are going to get rich in a casino and ruin yourself.
Does it have an advantage to have a negative / pessimistic mind?
Sometimes yes; With defensive pessimism, although in the long run it has negative consequences.
The term defensive pessimism refers to a style of coping in which negative results are expected that do not correspond with personal history.
This defensive pessimism can be useful because it defends people from possible future failure.
It will also make the person act better because worry about future failure causes him to take action.
The best example I can think of this trait is that of many career partners. They said that the examination had been fatal and they were going to suspend, that they had not studied anything. However, they later approved and some with very good marks...
In fact, defensive pessimism seems to work even if only in the short term.
In addition, this defensive pessimism translates into pessimism in all areas of life and people who show defensive pessimism report negative psychological symptoms and worse quality of life than optimists. In any case, in the long run it has negative consequences.
Examples of the power to think positively
Next I will comment on a series of phenomena that demonstrate the power that your mind has in your life.
1-The placebo effect
He Placebo effect Is the suggestive effect on the health of the administration of a drug, therapy or care.
These effects are not due to the effect of these acts - medicines, therapies or care - but to the benefit that the patient perceives.
In fact, the placebo effect is taken into account in all investigations in which a drug or therapy is tested.
An example is an experiment with a group of students from Princeton University:
The experimenters held a party and filled a barrel of beer with the O'Douls frame - which contains 0.4% alcohol - and watched their fellows behave.
They acted as if they were drunk: doing nonsense, talking badly, falling asleep... (You can search on youtube).
2-The nocebo effect
He Nocebo effect Is the opposite of the placebo effect.
Symptoms of a disease worsen because one has the pessimistic expectation that the therapy or drug has negative effects.
As in the placebo effect, in the nocebo effect the drug has no real power, although the harmful consequences at the biochemical, physiological, emotional and cognitive level are.
So, your brain Has the power to produce a healing or physical effect from a positive belief, or the opposite effect from A negative belief .
Although this effect is very frequent - As this study demonstrates - is hardly taken into account by health professionals, nor by the general population.
For example, In an experiment , The drug finasteride was administered to a group of patients to treat the symptoms of prostatitis.
Half of the patients were told they could experience erectile dysfunction, while the other half was told nothing.
44% of the first group reported having experienced erectile dysfunction, compared to 15% of the uninformed group.
3-Lose weight depends on the mentality
How can it be that more and more people are concerned about their health and physical as obesity rates increase? Maybe the diets do not work?
Some researchers think that positivity is an important variable to lose weight And that is what prevents many people from achieving weight loss.
Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer conducted an experiment With a group of overweight people, who should be thin because of their level of activity.
Although they did a lot of exercise in their jobs, Langer found that 67% of the people in the group felt that they did not do any type of exercise.
I took half of the group and explained that in their jobs they were leading an active lifestyle. The other half of the group did not give information.
A month later, Langer returned to the hotel and re-evaluated the two groups. The first (who were said to be active), had lower blood pressure levels and lower weight. The other group had no physical changes.
4-Social support increases the years of life
According to one Series of medical studies , to have A positive attitude During a mental illness can make the difference between healing and worsening.
In 1989, researcher Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University conducted a study of 86 women who were in advanced stages of breast cancer.
Half of the group received normal care, while the other received medical care and extra support. Support was based on expressing feelings or talking to other patients.
The women who were in the support group lived twice as many as those who were not in the support group.
5-Visualization improves performance
The visualization Is used in some psychological therapies and in sports psychology.
In addition to being an exercise to focus on something, it has real effects at the neuronal level, reinforcing the synaptic connections.
Australian psychologist Alan Richardson did a small experiment:
He took a group of basketball players and divided them into three groups that would practice free throws:
- The first group (A) would practice 20 minutes a day
- The second (B) would not practice or visualize
- The third group (C) would visualize itself doing the free throws, without real practice
Group A improved their skills by 24%, group B did not improve at all and group C improved by 23%, almost the same as group A...
6-Yogis can lower the heart rate
Like the Tibetan monks, the yogis of India have great power to manipulate their psychophysiological variables while they are meditating deeply.
French cardiologist Therese Brosse traveled to India To prove If yogis had those abilities and observed that yogis were able to lower their heart rate so much that it could only be detected by an electrocardiogram.
7-In dreams the same brain areas are activated as in reality
When you have dreams, the same brain areas that activate in reality are activated in your dream.
In this area there is a very curious phenomenon: Lucid dreams .
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute They discovered That lucid dreamers have the most developed prefrontal cortex.
In lucid dreams you are aware that you are dreaming and that ability is closely related to the capacity for self-reflection.
In addition, the ability of these dreams to treat depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is currently being studied.
On the other hand, in the magazine Medical hypotheses We described the case of a patient who had chronic pain for 22 years without having had results with various treatments. After having a lucid dream, he had a complete remission of pain.
The authors of this investigation Have proposed that it is due to a reorganization of the central nervous system and that neuronal plasticity can explain these effects.
In my opinion, these dreams can also be used to practice any kind of skills (although research is needed to demonstrate these effects).
8-Eidetic memory: memorize everything in seconds
According to Jaensch, a German psychologist, the eidetic (or photographic) image is a perceptual phenomenon more common in the child and rare in the adult.
It is an image of an object or figure that after being perceived, can be projected and perceived again, in some cases with fidelity of detail, color and shape.
The photographic image can be produced spontaneously, at will on a surface (paper for example) or visualized with closed eyes.
The capacity of Memorize photos Has a large individual variation. That is, there are people who have a great capacity, while the majority has a total lack.
Something similar is the Hipertimesia Or superior autobiographical memory. It is a syndrome / phenomenon that makes the person remember everything he has done during a day with almost perfect accuracy. They are even able to remember what they did on a particular day of years ago.
If you want to learn techniques to have a better memory Visit this article .
9-The ability to block pain
In Man's Search for Meaning , Viktor Frankl explains how he spent his stay in the Nazi concentration camps.
Something to emphasize is that Frankl explains in the book that they ache much more the insults than the physical punishment.
Thinking about his wife and the reasons why it was worth struggling managed to survive.
Something similar happened with Jack Schwarz, a writer who also lived in the terrible conditions of Nazi concentration camps.
He was physically and psychologically abused beyond what we can imagine today.
To face this situation, he began to practice meditation and to pray, a skill that allowed him to block the pain.
Schwarz stated that he could see the aura of people, which allowed him to perceive their physical, emotional, spiritual and mental states.
Once the war is over, Menninger Foundation They found that Schwarz could control various bodily processes with his own mind.
It is more, through a Electroencephalography Showed that it had an activity different from that of the majority of subjects.
10-Telekinesis: moving things with the mind
During the Cold War, the case of Nina Kulagina .
This woman was able to move objects across a table without touching them.
In addition, he was able to control the heart rate of a laboratory frog.
Then the experiment was repeated with a human volunteer, under a very controlled situation; Soon after starting, the volunteer's heart began to beat irregularly and almost reached the infarction, but before that the experiment completely stopped.
One study showed changes in the cardiac thymus and brain waves.
It has been scientifically proven that experiencing positive emotions (which come from positive thoughts ) As joy or love, causes people to see more possibilities in their life and take more actions.
However, there is no need to come to dehumanization and always want to be positive. There will be times when it is normal to be somewhat sad.
And what do you think about this topic? What results have you been given to being positive in life?