“The search for Nirvana, like the search for Utopia or the end of history or the classless society, is ultimately a futile and dangerous one. It involves, if it does not necessitate, the sleep of reason. There is no escape from anxiety and struggle.”
Irrationality is cognition, thinking, talking or acting without inclusion of rationality. It is more specifically described as an action or an opinion given through inadequate use of reason, emotional distress, or cognitive deficiency. Source
We fall victim to irrational thoughts every now and then, particularly when we are feeling vulnerable. No one is immune, and intelligence, or lack of, does not provide a shield against such distressing thoughts. They tend to creep in our minds, cluttering our minds with feelings of distaste and indignation. More often than not they are based on an internal defence mechanism developed to mitigate personal anger in attempt to avoid facing reality about ourselves or circumstance. If outside influences imposes stringent expectations related to a stressful issue on themselves or their close companions, irrational thoughts are likely to set in, with everyone involved probably experiencing unnecessary emotional grief.
Intense perceptions of any event made by someone in distress can seem crazy from the perspective of someone other than the person experiencing them; these thoughts allow the distressed individual to remain the victim while avoiding all situational responsibility. One must learn to break this momentary negative thought process in order to achieve continuous stability in their life and in their relationships.
Here are 10 irrational thoughts that rational people often fall victim to:
1. When somebody disagrees with me, it is a personal attack against me.
2. To be content in life, I must be liked by all people.
3. My true value as an individual depends on what others think of me.
4. There is no grey area. Success is black and failure is white.
5. Nothing ever turns out the way you want it to.
6. If the outcome was not perfect, it was a complete failure.
7. I am in absolute control of my life. If something bad happens, it is my fault.
8. The past always repeats itself. If it was true then, it must be true now.
9. Your life will be more productive if you learn to avoid this type of negative thinking.
10. I was rejected, so there must be something wrong with me.
How to shut down these irrational thoughts?
We develop our thinking styles, both rational and irrational from our parents, community and societal beliefs, and our life experiences; andI wish I could say it’s simple, and some people say it is. But to a person who does not have a strong will or cannot quickly identify that they are indeed thinking irrationally, it is not. Only by becoming aware of your thinking and what goes on inside your mind, you can shut these thoughts down. If you don’t learn to control your mind………People, situation, outside influence will!
Take it one day at a time, make a commitment to change your irrational way of thinking. Our thinking is very changeable. However, we need to committed to doing the work. It doesn’t mean your life will suddenly become perfect, but you most certainly will be able to manage it more easily.
Have a meaningful Monday Everyone……..