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In the evolution of human behavior, psychology has made progress into the workings of the human mind. Yet, many people seem predisposed towards negative thinking and pessimistic mindsets.
Here's a little "trick" or technique that anyone can use to instantly change into a more positive state. It involves using one's own view of the past and future.
It involves using the "crystallization" effect. That's when we tend to view past negative events in a different way, forgetting the negative memories while accentuating the positive points of an experience. Sometimes the mind uses this tactic as a protection mechanism, shielding us from negative emotions. The drawback is that we tend to forget whatever useful lessons we could have gained from the experience.
That same principle can be used in the present, and in a much more powerful way. It involves pretending, the way children do it.
Here's how. Whenever a person find themselves in a negative situation in life, they can pretend that they are suddenly in the future looking back at that situation. One could pretend that the experience was actually very positive, in the same we are predisposed to do with the crystallization effect. And the best part is, that person would still be in the present, and still able to deal with whatever negative parts of the situation occur.