Why are Negative Thoughts so powerful?
What emotions trouble you?
Negative emotions like, sadness, anger, loneliness, jealousy, self-criticism, fear and rejection are difficult and even painful at times. That’s especially real when we feel a negative emotion too oftenly, too strongly, or we dwelled on it too high. Negative emotions are not possible to avoid.
Difference between Positive Emotions and Negative Emotions
What Are Positive Emotions?
Positive emotions are emotions that a person typically finds pleasurable to experience. The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology describes it as “pleasant and desirable situational responses… distinct from pleasurable sensation and undifferentiated positive affect” by Cohn and Fredrickson in 2009.
Gradually, this definition is describing that the positive emotions are pleasantful responses for our environment and our own internal dialogue which are more complexed and targeted than simple sensations.
What Are Negative Emotions?
On the other hand, negative emotions are those emotions that a person typically does not find pleasurable to experience. Negative emotions are defined by an unpleasant or sad emotion which is evoke in persons for expressing a negative effects to the event or a person.
If an emotion discourages and drags the person down, then it’s most likely a negative emotion.
How Can We Best Track Our Emotions?
Now we learn about the need of accepting and controlling our emotions both positive and negative and the next question is how we are going to tracking this effectively and easily.
The prime step to effectively controlling our emotions is to identifying, understanding and finding the patterns
Are Negative Emotions Necessary?
Although negative thinking and emotions are not pleasant to experience, negative emotions are really important for a healthy life. This is true for two important reasons:
- Negative emotions provide us a counterpoint towards positive emotions, without the negative, could the positive emotions still feel too good?
- Negative emotions provide evolutionary purposes, encouraging people to act in ways which boost our opportunities of survival and helping us to grow and develop as people.
There is a good reason for all of the basic emotions, both positive and negative:
- Anger: for fighting against problems.
- Fear: for protecting us from danger.
- Anticipation: For looking forward and planning.
- Surprise: to focus on new situations
- Joy: to remind us what’s important
- Sadness: For connecting us with those we love.
- Trust: For connecting with people who are helping us.
- Disgust: For rejecting what is unhealthy (2018).
Without getting afraid , would we will be here today? Or would we have engaged in some risky work, putting ourselves in unnecessary danger? Without disgusting, would we have been able to refrain to go any of the many, many harmful substances which we had access to as a toddler?
As unpleasant as they can be, it can’t be denied that negative emotions provide essential purposes in our lives.
How Do They Affect the Brain?
Positive and negative emotions both play an important role when we discuss the brain, but they are usually separate roles.
For example, positive emotions have been shown for impacting the brain in the following ways:
- This can increase our performance on a cognitive task by splitting our spirits without distracting us such as negative emotions do (Iordan & Dolcos, 2017).
- Positive emotions trigger the reward paths in the brain, contributing to the lower levels of stressing hormones and greater well beings (Ricard, Lutz, & Davidson, 2014).
- Positive emotions can help the person for broadening their horizons and widening their brain’s scope of focus (Fredrickson, 2001).
Meanwhile, negative emotions are essential to affect our brain in the following ways:
- Facilitating emotional conflicted processing which helps us to make sense of incongruent and conflicted emotional information; in different words and negative emotions can help us to figure out the tough emotional problems by Zinchenko et al in
- Facilitating cognitive conflicted processing which aids us in comprehending incongruent and conflicting cognitive information; in other words, negative emotions also help us in making sense when a person receives confusing signals by Kanske & Kotz, in 2010; 2011).
- Limiting the experience of empathy, which can help for protecting us from getting too included with others and staying focused on the goals by Qiao-Tasserit, Corradi-Dell’Acqua, & Vuilleumier, 2017.
Both have impactful roles for playing in our brain, and these roles are more complementary than competitive.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
A disorder prescribed by failure for recovery after experiencing and witnessing is a terrifying event.
How does PTSD makes the person feel?
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health disorder that triggered due to an terrifying event either experiencing it and witnessing it. Symptoms can include:-
- severe anxiety
- As well as unmanaged thoughts related the event.
How more does post traumatic stress last?
Some people can recovered within a 6 months, while other faces symptoms that lasts much longer. In many people, the disorder becomes chronic. A consellor who has experience can helps the people suffering from mental illnesses, like a psychiatrist and psychologist, can diagnose PTSD.
Does post traumatic stress go away?
Generally, PTSD doesn’t only go away on its own. Without attempt for treatments, symptoms can be lasted for months and even years, or they can come and go like water waves. Taking treatment and support can make all the difference.
What does PTSD do to a person?
Person with PTSD can experience intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings about to their experience that lasted long when the traumatic event has ended. They can relived the events through flashbacks and nightmares; they can feel sadness, scary and anger; and they can feel detached as well ass estranged to the other persons.
What are the symptoms and effects of PTSD?
PTSD is happened by exposure to a traumatic event and frightening experiences like sexual assault, wars or fights, natural disaster, accidents and threat of death to oneself and a loved fellow. Post-traumatic stress disorder are occurs for the long-lasting period and have consequences of incredibly traumatic events which overwhelm a person’s ability for coping.