Positive and negative thinking

Are you a positive person or a negative person? What is the difference between a positive person and a negative person? What would make you say someone is positive or negative? What are the characteristics of a positive person?

Success scientists hold that your success or failure is determined by whether you are a positive or a negative minded person.  Positive people succeed; negative people fail. Positive thinking is like the key to success. Negative thinking is the ‘unlocked door to failure.’

A real problem is to know the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking. Many people like to be positive thinkers but are not because they do not know what to do.  And many people think they are positive thinkers when they really are not.  They will declare themselves positive thinkers but in reality they are negative thinkers.

If you don’t mind it, let us share on this as it may help some people. Can you give some examples of positive and negative thinking?

19 thoughts on “Positive and negative thinking

  1. Negative thinking would be dwelling on all the problems of the world and believing there is nothing that can be done to change them. Positive thinking would be seeing the problems, and doing something about them regardless of whether or not you can control the outcome.

  2. When I was young I was very negative. But then I began repeating to myself, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) Also, quoting St. Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” I believe that I now have become a positive person. 🙂

  3. Positive thinking examples:
    *Whenever a door closes to a possibility, expect that another door will open instead.
    *God can’t guide a ship that’s wallowing dead in the water!
    *What can I learn about myself or others from what just happened to me?

    • Great examples indeed. Thank you. One thing that is intriguing is why there is so much negative thinking in the world. I meet a lot of people who prefer to say how things are bad to saying how they are good. it seems to give them pleasure to talk negative.

      • Yes, it does seem to do that. Even the newscasters on radio and TV seem to get more energized about reporting negative events than the occasional positive event.

        • You are right. I am among those who hold that there is too much negative news in the media. It appears we think that only negative things are news worthy. There is a lot going on that is positive but not reported but when a little negative thing occurs, it is blown out of proportion.

  4. My goal is to have a successful business as an artist and support myself with it. People always have told me you can’t do that-you can’t make money as an artist you have to do it on the side. Excuse me but look around. Everything you see and touch started with a thought and an artist!

  5. So true. I had a lot of people laugh at me in beauty school and even my partners didn’t have faith in me. The truth is all of the people in my class dropped out for various reasons and I graduated with a 4.0! I also went to state and passed all my exams and really excelled with the hair cut. Some people just want to laugh at you so they can see you give up. I can do almost anything I want to and even some things I’m afraid of if given the opportunity.

  6. Ah, you’ve touched on a favorite topic of mine.

    One way to differentiate positive and negative thinking is to ask yourself which of the following you believe:

    your abilities/capabilities are basic things that you can’t really change. You are either born with something, or you aren’t. Although you can learn new things, your inborn abilities place a cap on what you can achieve.

    – or –

    no matter what your abilities/capabilities are, you can always improve on them. You may never master something, but through perseverance you can achieve a high level of competence on anything.

    When people believe the first statement, they tend to believe that they do not have control over their own destinies. There is a focus on what you can’t do, and a belief that sometimes you aren’t simply good enough. This leads to learned helplessness, which is often associated with low self-esteem and pessimism. It also leads to people not even being willing to try things, because they “know they will fail”. So they stick with things that are safe, and don’t allow themselves to grow.

    People who have the second approach tend to believe that they are capable of anything. But more importantly, they tend to see failure as a step in the process of learning.

    How you deal with failure says a lot about your approach to life in general.

    • This is great Zombie. As you say you master it. Some people think that the philosophy of positive thinking only raises people’s hopes to have them down ashed to the rocks. So they have no faith in positive thinking. Then Robert Schuller talks of possibility thinking.

  7. Negative thinking: It’s raining again! I can’t go out!
    Positive thinking: It’s raining again! So good to have cooler weather and love the smell of rain, love the drip drop of the sound.

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