After deciding I could put my Ph.D. in Psychology to good use by dismantling myths about the field. I asked all you writers (and nonwriters) out there to send me your psychology oriented questions. My friend Pam, musingaloud , took me up on my offer. She found cognitive interventions to be powerful tools for combating negative thoughts related to her writing. Yet, she wasn't sure how to mesh her experience with the facts of the intervention. We put our minds together and came up with the following joint post. Without further ado . . .
I woke up the other morning from a weird dream and lay there, in that dreamy half-asleep state, where ideas and random thoughts float through, and all is quiet and relaxed. A story idea reared up, asking for attention. It was for an intricate murder mystery conspiracy plot, something I've never done before. The next thought that popped up was, "No, I can't write that story. I'm not capable of doing that." And the brain moved on, still floating and meandering. It was only later, thinking back on it, that I realized that my automatic answer was negative self-talk, and that it quickly and certainly squashed an idea without me even realizing it.
We all have thoughts that play on a continuous loop in our mind. They're like whispers on the wind, which means sometimes you don't know they exist until you sit still. Yet, the impact of those winds, thoughts, are felt and seen. Thoughts can be negative or positive. They can motivate or hinder. They inspire our moods, and in doing so, they inspire our behaviors. Notice I said thoughts inspire our mood and behaviors and did not say events inspire mood or behaviors. Why? Two people will witness the same event, but their thoughts about it will lead to different outcomes. Let's look at this idea with the thought provided above:
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