The Psychology Behind Positive Affirmations

When it comes to bettering ourselves, it often seems that our minds are our own worst enemy. We’re constantly doubting ourselves, second-guessing our decisions, and dwelling on past failures. So how can we break out of this negative mindset and start thinking more positively?

One way is through the use of affirmations – positive statements about ourselves that help to counter our negative thoughts. While it may seem like a simple concept, there’s actually some interesting psychology behind affirmations and how they can help to change our thinking patterns.

Neural Pathways

Our brains are made up of billions of neurons, which communicate with each other through electrical and chemical signals. These signals travel along neural pathways, which are like highways that connect different areas of the brain.

Whenever we learn something new or have an experience, our neural pathways are strengthened. This is why it’s often easier to remember things that we’ve experienced multiple times, or that we learned when we were younger – our brains have had more time to solidify those neural pathways.

This process is known as neuroplasticity, and it’s what allows our brains adapt and change over time. It’s also why positive affirmations can be so effective helping us to change our thinking patterns.

Self-Affirmation Theory

According to self-affirmation theory, when we’re faced with negative thoughts about ourselves, our brain automatically goes into protection mode. This is because our brain perceives these thoughts as a threat to our ego or self-concept.

In order to protect ourselves from this threat, our brain will try to find evidence that counters the negative thoughts. For example, if we’re thinking “I’m not good enough,” our brain will search for evidence that proves this wrong, such as “I got an A on that test” or “My friends say I’m funny.”

This process of self-affirmation helps to reduce anxiety and stress, and it can also help to increase our self-confidence. And the more we affirm positive statements about ourselves, the stronger those neural pathways become.

So next time you’re feeling down about yourself, try using some positive affirmations. Repeating statements like “I am worthy of love and respect” or “I am capable of achieving my goals” can help to change your thinking patterns and improve your overall well-being.

Apps For Affirmations

Selfpause is an app that helps you to improve your mental wellbeing through the use of positive affirmations. With over 100 different affirmations meditations to choose from, Selfpause makes it easy to find the perfect ones for you.

And because the app uses neuroplasticity principles, the more you use it, the more effective it becomes. So download Selfpause today and start on your journey to a more positive mindset!
Topic revision: r1 - 02 Oct 2022, AnnyDavid
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