Have you ever wondered why a child, when told not to do something, turns around and does just that? You might say, “don’t touch that lamp,” only to find the child with their hands all over the lamp just moments later! It doesn’t make any sense!!! Or does it? In actuality, the child doesn’t likely have a negative attitude. As it turns out, the human subconscious – in kids and adults – works less intuitively than we might think. Here’s how to use it to our advantage.
When the aforementioned child hears “don’t touch that lamp,” the words that actually register are “touch that lamp”. It’s just the natural part of our psyche at work here. It seems to want to choose to do the opposite of what it hears. Is this reactance? Anticonformity? It’s probably elements of both and maybe other labeled psychological theories but the fact of the matter is it’s real. Ask any parent.
David Wood, a mentor that I’ve learned from through MLSP, said on a webinar training call last night, “You can’t not think about what you don’t want to think about without thinking about it.” Think about it! Let’s call it the “pink elephant theory”. If I told you not to think about a pink elephant, before you know it, you’re thinking about a pink elephant! You can’t not think about the pink elephant, even when told not to think about the pink elephant, without thinking about the pink elephant. In fact, you have a mental image of a pink elephant right now! Perhaps it’s even complete with a moving trunk and ears, maybe some noise, and you might even be contemplating what shade of pink! Amazing, and I specifically told you not to think about it!
So what does this have to do with a negative attitude?
If you read my previous blog, Change Your Thinking, Change Your attitude, recalibrate your thoughts and words such that you can benefit from the words you’re saying and thinking. You may find an abundance of positivity coming your way!
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