Creating a Rationally Positive Attitude
When you’re discouraged, it’s important to maintain an optimistic, constructive, benevolent mindset. You do this by staying focused on values. Such a mindset can be based entirely on the facts of the real world around you, including your own ability to manage your own mind and cope with any intense emotions. In other words, you can create a rationally positive attitude, not by “faking it until you make it” or by ignoring the negatives in the world, but by understanding and accepting your situation more deeply. I like to say that “accepting reality” means accepting your emotions. You do this, by logic, self-empathy, and an objective focus on both your own deepest values, and fundamental, rational values.
I’ve written and taught extensively on this issue and people have found it helpful to immerse themselves in this material. On this page, you can read through blog articles, Thinking Lab articles, and access 12+ hours of audio recordings from past Thinking Lab classes.
Note: This page is open to the public, but non-members can access only the blog posts, not the password-protected Thinking Lab articles and recordings.
Eyes-Wide-Open Decision Making: An Overview (See also the three Class Recordings below on different aspects of the Eyes-Wide-Open Decision Making process.)
Thinking Lab Articles
Tactic: Empathy Bath (See also the Class Recording on the Empathy Bath technique below.)
Tactic: Transforming the Pain of Unmet Needs (See also the Class Recording on Transforming the Pain of Unmet Needs below.)
A description and link to the recording for each of 14 classes can be found below.