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Turn your negativity into positivity

Updated on May 31, 2013

Psychology - historical early stages

The term ‘psychology’ derives from the Greek words ‘psyche’ (mind) and ‘logos’ (reason), meaning the study of the mind. It came to light as a branch of philosophy, in the 18th century, which was interested in enlightening and exploring the processes of thought through self-reflection.

The Ancient Greeks were the first people to recognize that the brain was the organ of the mind as well as behavior. Plato, an ancient philosopher, suggested that the brain was the organ responsible for reasoning (Wickens, 2005).

Following the belief of Plato, Rene Descartes, a French philosopher, believed that the mind and body were two completely different things by supporting that the mind, or in other words the soul, was not physical and not dependent on the material world whereas the body was physical (Howard, 2000). An issue regarding this view was raised, concerning how the mind, which was not physical could control the body’s physical movements. Descartes tried to answer this issue by proposing that there was a site where the mind and the body interacted, he called this the pineal gland (Wickens, 2005). This was where the soul, or mind, could act in order to lead the body. However, he also realized that a great degree of behavior was mostly mechanical and did not require the mind to take part.


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The subconscious mind

Imagine the mind is like an ice berg. It has two parts; the top of the iceberg which is the conscious mind and on the bottom lays the subconscious mind which is the larger part. The conscious mind helps us make daily decisions and face new circumstances when we need to use thought to choose what to do and how do to it.

The subconscious mind however deals with the repetition of adopted behaviors. This is very useful as it gives us the ability face repetitive circumstances which emerge faster. When we have learned how to face a certain circumstance we find it easier to face the next time it comes up due to the facts which we have memorized from the previous time without using our conscious mind. For example, when we have learned how to successfully shift the gears of the car, we don’t need to think about this process with our conscious mind, because the knowledge is printed in our subconscious mind and it comes out automatically when this situation takes place (shift the gears). Or for example think about typing. When we have learned where all the symbols are, we are able to type with out even looking on the key pad. This happens due to the fact that we have created an intellectual image of the key pad’s structure in our subconscious mind.

In addition all information goes directly from the conscious into the subconscious. There is a very strong bond between these two parts of the mind. What ever you have seen, heard or experienced is received by the conscious mind and printed into the subconscious as a memory. Therefore the memory is printed accompanied by the feeling or feelings that emerged at that moment.

Lets assume that u have been attacked by a big dog. Through this incidence you experience shock, pain, fear and anxiety. Then this incidence as well as the feelings you experienced are printed in your subconscious. Then this memory will affect your behavior in similar occasions, or when you see a dog again you may act according to your memory (i.e. you will experience anxiety or fear).

As soon as incidences’ and memories are consolidated, our behavior takes place automatically. The feelings which are printed in our memory are always expressed through our behavior. The positive aspect of the subconscious is that it can work in a positive manner (Vera Peiffer, 1994). The more you repeat a positive message the more deeply it is printed in your subconscious and when the feeling accompanying the message is strong then the feeling printed in your subconscious is more intense.



The power of your subconscious mind

Turn Negative Self Talk Into Positive Self Talk

The quality of your thoughts determine the quality or you life.

When you place your self in a frame of positivity (positive-thinking) you will not only feel better emotionally but you will also face every situation more effectively and most importantly you will also affect your environment positively. People usually like relaxed and happy people and your positive attitude will show from the way that others confront you.

Being positive means to worry less and start enjoying more. Choose to see the good side of things instead of torturing your mind with bad incidences’ and misery. Choose to be happy, not unhappy. You can do this by taking the first step: take care of your self and try to make your own self happy. If you’re not happy you can’t:

- Make others happy

- Help others

- Succeed in anything you carry out

(i.e. try to imagine a miserable psychiatrist trying to prevent a client from committing suicide, or a sales man with a bad attitude trying to sale a product to a customer).

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      stessily 5 years ago

      Chris Achilleos, Presented well with good pointers and strategies and with helpful videos.

      Some have problems with positive thinking, which they think is unrealistic thinking, but, as you point out, "When you place your self in a frame of positivity (positive-thinking) you will not only feel better emotionally but you will also face every situation more effectively and most importantly you will also affect your environment positively."

      Well done.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Thank you very much Stessily. Positive thinking is hard, but once you have placed your self within that frame everything is much more easier. You feel better emotionally and most importantly, you start seeing good things taking place in your life :)

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hi Chris Achilleos! Welcome to HubPages! Positive thinking helps our lives much easier to live. This is an informative hub. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Chris, Positive thinking is an important part of one's makeup. I enjoyed your article. Well written and very interesting. Up, interesting and useful.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Thelma, thank you for your comments :)

      KoffeeKlatch, thank you for your comments and votes, I really appreciate it :)

      I am glad you have found this information useful.

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      Gracefulwriter 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Thank you for following my hub. I've enjoyed your insights. I read a statement yesterday on another's hub about our attitude is the only thing that we can really control. I look forward to reading more from you.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by Gracefulwriter. I am happy you have enjoyed my hub :)

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for the knowledge. Great field of study. My brother was a Psychology major. God Bless You , and much success in your work.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Thank you for the encouraging words stars439 :) I am very glad you enjoyed reading this hub!

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Chris, lots of us are always having negative doubts on ourself only. Thats include me too. I have book marked this page and I am going to read it few times more and try to change little bit in me that is negative.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Hub on a great topic. I really enjoyed reading your hub.

      Voted up Useful!!

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      @Indian Chef: Thank you very much for reading Chef. I am happy you have found my hub helpful. All of us have those negative thoughts that bug us sometimes, the trick is to not allow these to take control.

      @rumanasaiyed: Thank you for your nice comments and votes. I hope you find my other hub on this topic as useful.

      Thanks again to both of you for reading and commenting.

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      Jaslyn Lim 4 years ago from Singapore

      One of the must-read hub to have a very optimistic day :)

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      I am very glad that you found this hub useful :)

      Thanks for reading travelersguide!

      Hope you have a wonderful day,

      Chris Achilleos

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