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Throwing Away Negative Thoughts

It’s fairly common knowledge that negative thoughts bring you down and prevent you from achieving whatever it is that you’re trying to achieve. Give yourself a focus boost by throwing away negative thoughts. In a study recently conducted at Ohio State University, it was found that when people wrote down their negative thoughts on a piece of paper, and then threw away that piece of paper, they mentally discarded those thoughts as well.

Throwing Away Negative Thoughts

Throw Away Negative Thoughts“However you tag your thoughts — as trash or as worthy of protection — seems to make a difference in how you use those thoughts,” said Richard Petty, Ph.D., co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University.

“At some level, it can sound silly. But we found that it really works — by physically throwing away or protecting your thoughts, you influence how you end up using those thoughts. Merely imagining engaging in these actions has no effect.”

Click here to view the whole article on Psych Central

Interestingly, throwing away negative thoughts wasn’t quite so effective when they did not physically throw them away. When another sample group was instructed to imagine dragging their thoughts to a recycle bin or by transferring their thoughts to a disk.  It’s remarkable what happens in our heads when we carry out actions like this. Similarly when asked to put their negative thoughts on a piece of paper in their purse, those individuals tended to bring negative thoughts into their decision-making process. So whatever it is that you’re trying to achieve, write down all your negative thoughts that may hinder your progress, and discard them in a fashion that clearly tells your brain that you have discarded them – maybe tear them up, or set fire to them!




  1. What a great idea. I intend to try that. Thanks for posting and sending this article, Neil.

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