By Amy Price PhD
Positive thinking can be effective in the beginning to change outlooks because we are using the mind to actively alter our internal environment and this requires choice and discrimination at the conscious level. This response gradually gets automated and conditioned to specific symptoms of negativity and loses impact.
Response to our environment is often at sub conscious levels and this response can be heightened by threatening, or rejecting information. Negative information which is not optimally processed can perpetuate sensitivity to rejection and lead individuals to develop low self esteem. Studies have shown that people with low self-esteem have an attentional bias for rejection and people with high self-esteem do not . Imaging studies show that we process rejection in the same area of the brain we process physical pain. Negativity releases a bio-chemical cascade that derails our built in reward system. Suddenly we have a need for sweets and fats to overcome the pain. This is a short term solution that makes us fat, cranky and tired over time as blood glucose levels spike and then drop causing motivational loss, exhaustion and frustration. Positivity discrimination can train you to quickly and automatically filter the positive, beneficial things from every situation and keep your reward system balanced, strong and happy.
Research indicates self esteem levels can be increased with training. Positivity bias trained in targeted ways can boost natural dopamine levels scores and trigger reward response mechanisms. Oxytocin , a neurochemical crucial for satiation . Flourishing or a positivity bias is characterized by four key components: (a) goodness, indexed by happiness, satisfaction, and superior functioning; (b) generativity, indexed by broadened thought action repertoires and behavioral flexibility; (c) growth, indexed by gains in enduring personal and social resources; and (d) resilience, indexed by survival and growth in the aftermath of adversity
Brain strategies that focus on discriminating positivity factors under speed conditions require visio spatial skills, divided attention, executive function and speed of processing.Targeted Action games starve out negative flashbacks by competing for visio spatial and sensory processes using mental rotation thus minimizing PTSD or other negative memory traces. Deliberate memory recall is left intact  Positivity ratios need balance as individuals flourish when positivity ratios are above 2.9 ration, while disintegration occurs when positivity rations top 11.6.  Positivity needs to be recognized as genuine to increase esteem and promote flourishing  Older adults with relatively high levels of trait neuroticism evidence impairments on decision-making tasks, Neuroticism signals a greater likelihood of age-related neuro-cognitive decline.  Positivity discrimination can reduce negativity
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