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To stop unwanted thoughts!

May 20, 2009

The average person has more than 200 negative thoughts a day—worries, jealousies, insecurities, cravings for forbidden things, etc. Depressed people have as many as 600. You can’t eliminate all the troublesome things that go through your mind, but you can certainly reduce the number of negative thoughts. Here’s how:

1. When a negative thought begins to surface in your mind, pause. Just stop what you are doing for a few seconds. Don’t say anything—talk will reinforce the bad feeling.

2. Take five deep, slow breaths. By taking in more oxygen you flush out your system and lower your level of anxiety. If you do this correctly, you will approach a meditative state.

3. Concentrate on a pleasant, relaxing scene—a walk on breezy beach, for example. Take two to three minutes for a minor upset, up to ten minutes for a serious upset.

Use this technique continuously until the upsetting thoughts begin to decrease. Then practice it intermittently.

Bottom Line/Personal interviewed Elior Kinarthy, PhD, professor of psychology, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA 90608

Interesting? You can’t be a successful investor with even 10 negative thoughts per day, let alone the 200 normal people have! If you have more than 5 negative thoughts per day, check out my Value Clarification category every day. Indeed, if you want to ace it all: Relationships, Money, Health, investing, love,  psychic powers, psychology, politics, economics, all my ‘Google’ stuff, Facebook, and Twitter, visit my cancer website, money website, psychology blog drelior.wordpress.com,  psychic blog drelk.blogspot.com,  and read my books – start ‘reinventing’ yourself! In fact, being a college professor and a psychological consultant to the National Enquirer for 10 years, I am already a ‘guru’ to many satisfied friends and students – and I am not even a Hindu fakir. You can go ‘hunting’ for my insightful psychological widgets east or west,  anywhere unconventional truth exists.

Let’s start a fun fan club of ‘hands,’

Dr. Eli

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