We all have ANTs popping up in our bodies. Before we start getting confused - we are not talking about those type of ants you find in the garden but rather the naughty ANTs that stand for Automatic Negative Thinking. Sometimes negative thoughts can appear in our heads
from nowhere, but it’s time we stop feeding those pesky ANTs.
According to Dr Amen, there are nine different types of ANT, let’s meet them now:
ANT #2: Focusing On the Negative
This ANT involves dismissing the good and focusing on the negative. As someone once said, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
ANT #3: Fortune Telling
Here, we’re not talking about psychics who try to tell your future with a crystal ball - although they may be more accurate than those prone to this common ANT.
We’re talking about those fortune-telling folk who “know” that the worst possible outcome in any situation will occur.
If your knee-jerk reaction to a new idea is “that’s not going to work,” you may suffer from this common negative way of thinking.
ANT #1: Black and White Thinking
Using words like “always,” “never,” and “every” is the distinctive
feature of this ANT. Catch yourself the next time you say to yourself “I’m never going
to get a good grade,” “I’m always late,” or “Everybody understands this except me.”