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Defusing Negative Thoughts Part 2

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Cassandra Carlopio
Mindset
In part 2, we explore different techniques to defuse (take the power out of) negative thoughts.
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Jordan
Take away their power
Acknowledging those negative thoughts but analyzing them in an objective way makes them lose their significance
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Grace
Looking forward
I need to start doing things in my day other than watch Netflix and spend time with one person. I should go to the park and walk around or run. It will be so hard to get off my butt but I know it will help. It will make the day go by faster.
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Bella
Day 1
I learned that not every negative thought has to stay negative. You can turn it into something funny or good which might change how i act.
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Gail
I never felt that a negative thought or feeling could lead
To a more enlightened view of what was expected on my journey.
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Amber
“Thank you, but no thank you.”
Thoughts aren’t bad in and of themselves. Acknowledge the thought but don’t give it power. 🔮✨
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Sarah
10/1
Distance yourself from the thought Don’t let it consume you You are not what this voice says Laugh at the thought and don’t take it serious
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Julie
Acknowledging Thought
In the past when I have had a negative thought enter my mind I say the thought out loud which acknowledges the thought. Once I have acknowledged the thought by saying something like this no longer serves me or is true it changes my thinking.
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Joke
Sleep
I don’t have a problem falling a sleep but when I’m sleeping I get a lot of nightmares. In the morning I feel even more tired than before. I hope relaxation and less screen time will help me sleep better.
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Katie
Thoughts
By pushing away negative thoughts we give them power to control the rest of our thoughts.
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Elisabeth
Say no to bad days
Acknowledge the negative thoughts and then dismantle the thoughts by recognizing that they’re just thoughts. Unhelpful thoughts may dissolve as we work through them or even try to use humor to minimize them.
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Kaylin
Thoughts
I learned that thoughts aren't bad, unless you let them get the best of you
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Debb
Thinking about Thoughts-Part 2
For those who read my post about thoughts Part 1, below is the link to Part 2. I found it a bit difficult to find, so I “thought” (actionable thought) I would post it here. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s definitely “food for thought”.😉 😂
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Matthew
Part 2!
I guess when I first listened to part one, I didn't do the due diligence Debb did in seeking out part 2! I DID however re-lusten to part 1 on her recommendation, which led me to seeking out this movie clip, which will make sense to those who have listened to part 1!🤪😂 💖🐘 💖🐘 💖🐘 💖🐘 💖🐘 💖🐘 💖 https://youtu.be/jcZUPDMXzJ8
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Mikayla
Value of Thoughts
“We can’t learn the value of thoughts if we keep pushing all thoughts away.”
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Christine
Calm down
I felt diffused almost immediately. I think it’s because I was prepared to listen.
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Cindy
Brilliant Concept!
I learned the most brilliant way I have ever heard of in regards to how to deal with negative thoughts. This is an extremely difficult thing to deal with and has became a bad habit for many of us. Her ideas are the most creative and useful tips I have came across in my in-depth search for help on this. Finally advice that I believe will help me! Thank you!
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Susie
Emotional whirlwind
I have been in emotional turmoil for the last few days now. Everything things to get to me and I take it the wrong way. Something small can become and hurricane to worry anxiety and stress. I was at the doctors the other day and the doctor was rude, insulting and condescending. He would call me names and judged me on the way I looked. He keeps replaying in my mind and I don’t know how to stop the cycle.
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Colleen
Rewind
I’ve heard this a lot from my mother. Telling me to confront the thoughts instead of turning away from them. Good reminder to replay in my head.
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Jazz
Thoughts
I struggle with overthinking and anxiety. This taught me to accept my thoughts instead of dismissing them. I always thought if I ignored them that I was doing a justice to myself to not feed into negativity. In fact it is the opposite. This was very positive and has helped me to turn my negative thoughts into a positive empowering experience.
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Heather
I definitely push negative thought away and I never considered how that gives power to them.
I’m going to try to reframe my negative thoughts in the voice of Jerry Seinfeld.
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Rosie
I learned separation from your thoughts by kinda talking to them when negative ones come in
Just trying to push away may not always be good also to laugh at them can help take away the fear of them
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Nawshin
day 7
whenever i get bad/negative thoughts i should try to include humour into it so it’s not as bad as it seems, pushing away bad thoughts all the time doesn’t mean i’m actually solving them
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Luann
diffusing negative thoughts part 2
would be nice to hear part 1 first. why would you say “reflection is too short”?!
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Kat
Defusing the negative
By offering more ways to combat negative thoughts that pop up and try to destroy my day and inner peace and my workflow, this meditation was very helpful. I had previously read an article on LifeHacker that talked about immediately thinking of three positive things about myself to combat the negative thought as a to talk back to the negative thought and to lessen its power over setting my mood for the day. Turning the thoughts comical sounds like a good way to do that as well. Like she said, whatever works for you.
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Cathérine
I learned
How to sort of embrace negative thoughts without really dwelling on them,acknowledging they’re presence but discarding them as invalid or as a joke.
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Jen
Awesome ideas!
This was a great reminder! I will try some strategies she mentioned - comedic voice and say thanks but you aren’t helpful right now are great ideas! Thank you 🤗
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Tala
Reminder
This reminds me that “ some people are actually really mean“ and some of them try to say those negative thoughts to you and every time you think about them you feel like a big not brave loser
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Jasmine
Negativity
I learned that I just have to start acknowledging it and shutting it out
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Chiara
laughing about the bad
i learned that i can get rid of the destructive / negative thoughts in my mind by imagining the thought being said in a cartoons voice (sponge bob hehe) this way i can laugh about the negative and push it to the side , while making way for more positive thoughts ☺️🌼🌞 another way is to acknowledge these negative thoughts by thanking my mind for bringing them to me . saying “thank you mind , thank you for telling me i’m going to fail this exam , that i’m not good enough for people , or that i’m not going to have a good day , but this isn’t actually isn’t helping me right now ! “
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Maggie
Titles of 1 & 2 swapped
But these were good! Definitely will try and implement (the real/other) part 2’s suggestions in my daily thoughts.
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Claire
It’s good
To be objective about my thoughts and my critical self. I think it gives me power over my thoughts
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Kim
How to control negative thoughts
I learned that if I have displeasing thoughts towards myself , I can do two things: 1. imagine a cartoon character or comedian saying it 2. say to yourself , thank you mind for telling me that. But it’s not helpful for me right now.
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Maria Luisa
How to control negative thoughts
Pushing them away won’t help. I learned that imagining them in a funny voice, like the minions, will help me create some distance from it, and help me to see them from what they are, and not letting them take form and strength. It will help ME control THEM, instead of the other way around.
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Tuscany
Diffusing negative thoughts
Not all thoughts are created equal Use humor and comical voices to distance yourself from the negative thoughts. Don’t give power to something that you don’t have to accept.
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Ryan
Thoughts
I have to remove my negative thoughts . I will amount to something even if I feel that I will not .
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Suz
Negative thoughts should be acknowledged.
I could hear my negative thoughts in the voice of someone who is funny. I could hear my negative thoughts and say thank you for telling me that but i don’t think that is helpful so thanks but no thanks. I could see my thoughts expressed visually in a way that is funny.
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Anaya
Learning
I learned how to make all thought or lost for now positivity so I may not be down or not feel less than I know I am
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Bobbi
Negative Thoughts
I learned that putting a cartoon voice to a negative thought can diffuse the thought. Acknowledging the thought but saying no thank you to it is helpful
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Jenny
Bonfire of the Negative
I’ve tried imagining these negative thoughts as Ursula speaking in the Little Mermaid, and yes, they were diffused by my laughter! I find my bonfire more effective though, throwing to the flames my destructive thoughts, until they dissipate to ashes and smoke.
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Jasmin
Negative thoughts
Pushing them away doesn’t work, addressing them does. Using a cartoon voice can help you gain perspective
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D’Asia
Control your thoughts
Confront the thought... Allow yourself to relax... Address the issue and let GO Run away in your dreams
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Kelly
3 ways to deal with negative thoughts :
I learn 3 options to deal with bad thoughts: 1. imagine my thoughts in a funny voice of any character. 2. Say to my mind “thank you for letting me know this thought, but, this isn’t helping me right now. So thank you but no thank you”. 3. Imagine the negative thought in the voice of an opera singer or a comic voice or something that will make you aware that your thought isn’t you. I’m going to practice the second one to see how does it goes. Thank you for the great lesson! Hugs!
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Lisa
irritated
I was slightly irritated with this one. Can’t say if it is because I disagree with the process or if I am simply in a mood. Combination of both?
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Melissa
Not all thoughts are bad. Sometimes listening to my thoughts in a comical way can help lessen the si
Try to listen to my thoughts with humor. Not all thoughts are bad.
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Drew
Negative thoughts
I do sometimes have trouble with these thoughts my brain always goes to them. This lesson taught me to make light of them. Make is not so serious and then you won’t take it as seriously.
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Stephanie
It feels relatable
I can focus on her voice better with soft music playing in the background
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Kassy
Very good lesson on diffusing negative thoughts
Telling the brain thankyou!That's a very good way if diffusing the negative thoughts. Kind of funny,yet helpful
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Jess
Great ways to diffuse destructive thoughts.
I honestly feel so much better trying them all out. Thank you so much for your insight. I really needed this today.
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Tats
Acknowledge!
And let it move on. I love it. The thoughts lost power once they were seen, heard... and not accepted. A few minutes that shifted my life.
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Blessing
Acknowledgement
I learnt that I have been pushing away my thoughts which is why it had power over me and over thinking the obvious which I was trying to run away from
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Maxx
Thoughta
I can tell my brain thank you for telling me brain I'm unhappy today in this moment but its not helpful let's move on
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Cookie
Thoughts
I have to listen to this again and use it more often because I seem to always think negative thoughts
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Bridgit
Sounds
I noticed the natural sounds did more than the therapy. It isn’t mere words that bring me peace, but the healing of nature.
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Zinhle
Finding
Well this was intuitive however made me almost sleepy goodness I must change the settings
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Leigh
Thanks, but no thanks, Brain
I learned that I can acknowledge the destructive thoughts but also separate myself from then by just saying, “Thanks, but no thanks, brain,” when they start to slip in.
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Fiona
13th jan grievance day
I learned that I am within my rights both morally and professionally to stand up not only for myself but also for what I feel is right for others I appreciated the aspect of giving bad thoughts a persona that can give the distance and need to remember the practice of acknowledging feelings as thoughts I am having and “note I am feeling anxious@ etc I learned that despite putting in the grievance, although I feel a sense of relief, I also feel concerned over what the next few days may bring I am also proud of myself and my capabilities and am learning to trust my own judgement more and more every day I am grateful for my parents, my sister, my friends, and all the people I value both inside and outside of work I acknowledge that I care a LOT but also that that is ok and it’s actually a good trait I m working towards a happier and healthier me
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Kim
Thought
I am so excited to try this new technique feeling very positive about it. 💙🙏
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charnelle
I’m in control
I’ve learned that I don’t have to let these negative thoughts run my life. How funny is “you’re a fattie, and no one really like you” coming from tweety bird 😂😂
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Keyon Brown
Acknowledge
I learned to acknowledge your thoughts and not runaway from them. Pushing away your thoughts makes them come back and hit your mind harder, instead I now realized it’s better to acknowledge, hear them and then push them away
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Kent
I’m barely holding it all together
I learned (or was reminded) that I’m overwhelmed with the complexity of my internal demons. No solution quiets my internal dialogue. But I’m also learned to use cartoon character voices as the voices in my head to make the sting less damaging.
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Isaac
Planet of the apes
I loved the council of apes metaphor. Very hard to take them seriously when the barbs come from the overbearing apes with not quite moving properly lips.
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Monique
Great information
Today I learned that I will not push my thoughts to the side, but rather face them head on and deal with them as they come about.
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Joey
How to cope with your ego . I call it joelouis .
Humor is PowerFull 😜 Ik herhaal mijn affirmaties of gebruik mijn geleerde tools.
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Margaret
Acknowledging
Learning to deal with the thoughts and not pushing them back is a hard not to do, but telling my brain “Thank you” for the thought but “No Thank you” really hit home. It’s easier to beat ourselves up than to find clever solutions.
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Russell
Destructive thoughts
I learned a technique to acknowledge the negative thought, but to visualize a humorous way to use cartoon characters to say what I’m thinking.
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Brittany
I learned
I learned better ways to deal with negative thoughts. To tell my mind thank you but no thank that thought is not helpful right now. I believe that the new ways will become very helpful. Great advice! Thank you!