Today on Astral Codex Ten there was an excellent post about turning negative statements, specifically Forer effect statements like astrologers and psychics use, into affirmations. Here’s a taste:
Forer statement: “You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations.”
Affirmation: “I’m not weird or ungrateful for feeling dissatisfaction about my life even if it’s going okay.”
The reason the Forer effect works so well on as all is that we assume we are strange or unusual because we have these feelings. Everyone does and they are nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about.
I was amazed how many of the negative statements I routinely say to myself. Having a grasp on why these negatives are so powerful (and so easy to stick the mind) helps. Having vocabulary to turn them around into a positive statement is even more powerful.
Worth a read!