Don’t Believe Everything You Think


In his book The Mindful Way Through Stress, mindfulness teacher Shamash Alidina reminds us that the level of stress we experience is linked to how much we believe our thoughts about a stressor.

Through mindfulness and meditation, we learn that we can choose to empower specific thoughts while ignoring others.

This is important because of certain cognitive biases — errors in thinking that occur as we process and interpret information in the world around us.

One cognitive bias particularly relevant to resilience and well-being is the negativity bias: the tendency to give more attention and weight to negative experiences and information. Another is confirmation bias: the tendency to seek out, notice, and remember information that supports our pre-existing instinct or point of view, while avoiding or ignoring information that contradicts it.

By Cynthia Knapp Dlugosz

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