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We cannot control our thoughts, but we can respond to them in a healthy way that integrates our thoughts with our values and behavior.

Key Points:

  • Our thoughts can impact our behaviors, so we must learn to control our thoughts.
  • Our brains are designed to keep us safe. Sometimes, it’s hard to manage our thoughts because of our strong survival instincts.
  • We must intentionally let go of bad thoughts. You have power over how your thoughts influence you. But it’s hard work to manage your thoughts!
  • You may never be able to control every thought that pops into your mind throughout the day, but you can control how you respond to them.

Quote This:

When you react, you let other control you. When you respond, you are in control. -Bohdi Sanders

See Also: Emotions, Mental Health

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. How do you deal with negative thoughts? Is it hard to let them go? Explain.
  3. In what ways can analyzing your thoughts be beneficial? Give one example.
  4. Are you able to let thoughts go? Why do you feel it’s difficult?
  5. How do thoughts affect actions? Give both a positive and a negative example.
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

David Johnson, Ph.D., practices at the Ogden Center for Change.