When you say disparaging things about yourself, maybe with wry humor, on some level you're testing your ability to handle a potential negative reality.
You’re contemplating living in a reality you fear, but one that may never even come to pass.
You’re practicing emotional reactions to inaccurate information — you're living with lies.
If you're going to try on a reality that may not be entirely true, why not go with a positive version?
It takes the same amount of imagination. It takes the same amount of language.
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Anxiety and fear use imagination to replace data.
In the absence of facts, you rely on imagination to create your thoughts.
So, if you can use your imagination to make up negative thoughts, then you can create their happy opposites.
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