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Title: Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking
  • Group members
  • Wayne
  • Alan
  • Cloud
  • Sabrina
  • Louise

The Expectation towards positive events
  • write down your probability ?(0100)
  • A) people say you are talented
  • B) look younger than you really are when you
    get old
  • C) have a nice trip
  • D) 3000 NT dollars for you to spend randomly
  • E) at least accomplish one life goal
  • F) maintain good relationship with your family
  • G) friends who live far away come to visit you
  • H) your achievement being recognized by people

Count your score
  • people say you are talented 85
  • look younger than you really are (when you get
    old) 12
  • have a nice trip 55
  • 3000 NT dollars for you to spend randomly 48
  • at least accomplish one life goal 80
  • maintain good relationship with your family 80
  • friends who live far away come to visit you 95
  • Your achievement being recognized by people 75

  • total 530

  • score (5308) 66.25
  • Low 045
  • Middle 4674
  • High 75100

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Your Thoughts towards Negative Events
  • Case1
  • As you slowed down before the red light, the
    car behind you bumped into your trunk. Your car
    was crushed badly, and the bump also caused a
    sprain on your neck.
  • If this accident happened to you, do you think
    you are very luck or very unlucky?
  • very lucky 3 2 1 0 -1 -2 -3 very
  • Why?

  • Case 2
  • You desperately need a loan from bank, and you
    are going to meet the bank manager to explain
    your situation. The bank manager is very busy
    and you need to wait for a long time before he
    comes to meet you. By the time he comes, he
    refuses to loan you the whole sum of money.
    Rather he is willing to loan you half of the sum
    youve asked.
  • very lucky 3 2 1 0 -1 -2 -3 very unlucky
  • Why?

  • Case 3
  • You lost your wallet one day, in which you
    put a little money, a credit card, and some
    personal souvenirs.
  • The next day, you found your wallet in the
    police station. The cash and the credit card
    were gone, but your personal souvenirs still
  • very lucky 3 2 1 0 -1 -2 -3 very unlucky
  • Why?

Positive Thinking
Root of Positive Thinking
  • Norman Vincent Peale. The Power of Positive
  • Think defeat and you are bound to feel defeated.
    But practice thinking confident thoughts, make it
    a dominating habit. Feelings of confidence
    actually induce increased strength (Peale 12).

What is Positive Thinking? I
  • It trains the human mind to change a perceived
    reality by repeatedly making positive mental
  • It derives a positive sense of well being and
  • It is a process of choosing positive emotions
    from stimuli in the environment and applying them
    to perceptions and beliefs
  • It helps create an outlook that translates
    hardships into a new or better chosen reality.

What is Positive Thinking II
  • Psychologists, researchers and medical
    professionals define positive thinking as
    self-talk that is realistic and self-affirming.

Self-talk I
  • Self-talk is the endless stream of thoughts that
    run through your head every day. These automatic
    thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of
    your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other
    self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you
    create because of lack of information.

Self-talk II
  • Why not?
  • Let me try that again.
  • Im going to take a chance.
  • Let me think of another way to approach that.
  • You know what, I can do that.

The Power of Positive Thinking
Formulation of Positive Thinking
  • Use only positive words in your conversation to
    evoke mental images of strength, happiness and
  • Visualize your success.
  • Associate yourself with people who think

Medicine and Positive Thinking
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (National
    Alliance on Mental Illness, 2003).
  • Stress management skill (The United States-based
    Mayo Clinic)

The health benefits of positive thinking
  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular (heart
    and blood vessels) disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times
    of stress

- Increased life span
  • A recent study in the Netherlands (Giltay, et al,
    2004) most optimistic 45 less likely to die
    during the ensuring decade than those who were
    the most pessimistic.
  • New York Times, (Power of Positive Thinking May
    Have a Health Benefit)linking positive emotions
    with a stronger immune response when people
    receive a flu vaccine.

-The Placebo Effect
  • The placebo effect feeling physically better
    after taking offered medication that actually has
    no medicinal value.

The Law of Attraction
What is it?
  • It is a law that states that our thoughts affect
    the things that happen to us.
  • We will receive whatever we focus our thoughts
    on. It turns our thoughts into reality.
  • The universe will respond to our thoughts and
    give us what we want.

How it works
  • The law of attraction transforms our thoughts
    into reality.
  • It does not differentiate between right or wrong,
    good or bad.
  • Whatever is the subject of our thoughts, be it
    desired or undesired, will eventually come true.

  • If you are constantly worried about not being
    able to achieve something, your thoughts will
    transmit signals to the universe and it will
    respond by making your worst fears come true.
  • On the other hand, if you focus your thoughts on
    succeeding, the universe will receive that
    message and give you success.

  • The universe does not sense your intentions in
    your thoughts. It merely gives you what is on
    your mind the most.
  • In order for us to be successful, we must train
    ourselves to focus on what we want instead of
    what we dont want.

How to Control our Thoughts
  • It is impossible to control every one of our
    thoughts, there are simply too many.
  • One way to control our thoughts is to rely on our
    feelings. Good thoughts produce good feelings
    while bad thoughts produce bad feelings. We can
    use this as an indicator of our thoughts.
  • Therefore we must try to feel good everyday.

  • Once we begin to understand the importance of our
    thoughts. We must then learn to tune our thoughts
    to a good frequency.
  • That means that when we feel a bad mood coming,
    we must turn it into a good mood.

Application continued
  • Know what we want
  • Ask the universe for it.
  • Receive

Knowing What we Want
  • Sometimes we live our lives without a clear goal.
  • We first need to clarify the things that we
    desire most in life.
  • Try writing it down on paper.

Asking for what we want
  • Once you are clear of your goals in life, the
    next step is to ask the universe for it.
  • It is simple, ask and you shall receive.

  • Many of us have trouble believing that anything
    good will come without a price, but in actuality,
    it is that simple.
  • After we ask the universe, we must feel as if we
    have already received what we asked for. We must
    feel every detail of it, we must truly believe
    that we have already received it.

The Power of Negative Thinking
The fallacy of positive thinking
  • Positive thinking helps us solve the problems in
    everyday life.
  • Positive thinking doesnt solve any problem in
    the real world.
  • Thinking positive will eventually lead to a good
  • Using positive thinking to cover the mistake will
    make the situation even worse.

Negative Thinking in Walter Reed
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center has the highest
    success rate at saving wounded soldiers in
    history, 10.
  • The leader encourage all the staffs to think
    negative to find the source of problem and always
    prepare for the worse.
  • They successfully decrease the death rate from
    25 to 10.

Positive thinking in Walter Reed
  • In the aftercare of Walter Reed, there were moldy
    and rodent-infested rooms, staff shortages.
  • Manager of aftercare, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley think
    positively. While we have some issues here,
    this is not a horrific, catastrophic failure.
  • The manager try to consider the event in a
    positive aspect, but it didnt solve the problem.

The Viewpoint of Negative Thinking
  • Negative thinking asks us to "look upon the
    problem as it is instead of sugarcoating it.
  • It is so crucial that you look upon your hatred
    and realize its full extent.
  • What is important is only the recognition of a
    mistake as a mistake.
  • Recognize that the right kind of negative
    thinking is a good thinglet's think positively
    about thinking negatively.

Evaluation of Positive Thinking
  • What are the problems of positive thinking?
  • To what extent do you believe in the
    effectiveness of positive thinking?
  • Would you apply positive thinking in your life?

  • Positive Thinking can lead you to a more
    successful life, greater satisfaction and
  • Positive Thinking can sometimes bring negative
    effect on people.
  • Balance oneself to consider both sides of the

  • GAWANDE ATUL. The Power of Positive Thinking. New
    York Times, May 1, 2007
  • Wiseman Richard. The Luck Factor. New York
    Hyperion Books, 2004
  • When Positive Thinking Leads To Financial
    Irresponsibility Like Compulsive Gambling.
    Chicago University of Chicago Press Journals,
    ScienceDaily, 22 April 2008. lthttp//www.scienceda
  • Vincent Peale Norman. The Power of Positive
    Thinking. Adult Publishing Group, 2003
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. National Alliance
    of Mental Healthhttp//www.nami.org/Template.cfm?
  • RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D. Yet Another Worry for
    Those Who Believe the Glass Is Half-Empty New
    York Times, January 9, 2007
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