How Thinking Negatively Can Make You Feel Better

WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY or in a bad mood or upset, it doesn't work very well to try to be positive. Your whole mind-set is against it.

But you can get out of it with a special kind of negative thinking. It is the key technique of Cognitive Therapy (the most effective therapy available, according to over 600 studies).

Here it is: Criticize your own thinking. Be negative about your own mistaken, exaggerated, distorted thoughts. The fact is, when you're upset, your thinking becomes irrational, and your false (and negative) conclusions keep you upset.

To learn more about how
to do that, check out
Argue With Yourself and Win!

The world NEEDS more positive attitudes. Anti-negative-thinking is the place to start. If you'd like to share this page with a friend, it's easy. Copy the address and paste it into an email message.

This is a conversation I had with someone who was really mad. Learn how he argued with his own negative thoughts to relieve himself of his negative mood:


An extremely important thing to keep in mind is that judging people will harm you. Learn here how to prevent yourself from making this all-too-human mistake:
Here Comes the Judge

The art of controlling the meanings you're making is an important skill to master. It will literally determine the quality of your life. Read more about it in:
Master the Art of Making Meaning

What if you already knew you ought to change and in what way? And what if that insight has made no difference so far? Here's how to make your insights make a difference:
From Hope to Change


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Staff, H. (2008, November 2). How Thinking Negatively Can Make You Feel Better, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Last Updated: March 31, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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