Repetitive Negative Thinking

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The first part of this paper will be on the behavior of repetitive negative thinking and how it can impact us, and the second part will be on treatment methods that can change or alter the way of our thinking. The act of repetitive negative thinking can take its toll on the person both physically and mentally and can affect those around the person. “Repetitive negative thinking is typically characterized by perseverative and uncontrolled thoughts about negative aspects of past and future events, one’s current situation, or one’s emotional state and psychological symptoms. (Ehring & Watkins 2008; Mahoney, McEvoy & Moulds, 2012). Repetitive negative thinking can cause people to feel as if they are never going to amount to anything, or their never …show more content…
The participant for this study will be a female in her late twenty’s. “Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) has been defined as ' . . . repetitive thinking about one or more negative topics that is experienced as difficult to control ' (Ehring & Watkins, 2008, p. 193), and it has been identified as a transdiagnostic cognitive construct that is characteristic of most emotional disorders (Ehring & Watkins, 2008; Harvey, Watkins, Mansell, & Shafran, 2004).” There are different ways in which a person can think negatively, the person can have an all or nothing mentality, or negative self-labeling and many others. When a person thinks negatively it prays on them and causes them to become more and more negative to the point that people around them become uncomfortable and the person will eventually find that people don’t want to be around them as much or at all. There are many disorders that go hand in hand with negative thinking, but for the sake of this paper the person does not have any form of mental illness, but the negative thinking. Negative thinking can be considered a mental disorder in and of its self, as the person as we stated above its thinking about the past or future and how it will impact them in an undesired way. People are humans and are going to have negative thoughts from time to time but …show more content…
Her family is very important to her as are her close friends. Families and friends are there to help us in times of need but only when the person is willing to accept that they need help. She tries to hide the fact that she does tend to think more negatively from people as she doesn’t wants to be seen as someone with a problem, or someone that is not a happy go lucky type of person. The participant masks her problem. Repetitive negative thinking by the participant is noticed by others including her family and has thus taken its toll on some of those relationships. When family members start to notice that the participant tends to think more negatively they became concerned about other problems and whether there was any mental illness. When family members point out that you need to stop thinking so negatively about things it hurts. The participants shuts down and wants to go and hide and think about how the negative thinking is controlling her life and what she can do about it. The negative thinking is not something that the participant strives to do it just sort of occurs and then is brought to light by family. The participant is also a person that wants to please others and tries to hide the fact that she does tend to think more negatively then others. By hiding that she thinks this way it’s creating a bearer between the participant and her family to the point that

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