Negative visualization offers another more substantial advantage over positive thinking, and that is the reduction of anxiety. Positive thinking will have you visualize that you already have what you are seeking. Now, you not only have to energetically maintain that illusion but you have to combat the fear of losing it. This phenomenon is especially evident in people who are “always happy”. They tend to overtly push hyper-happiness ahead of them with exaggerated beaming smiles like radar searching for sustenance. But their eyes forsake them. The muscles around their eyes are strained and pinched. Instead of the spontaneous spark of life, deep within their eyes you will find only bewilderment torched by fear. What is it they fear? They fear the loss of the illusion, something they never owned in the first place. Imagine how unsettling it is to fear losing something you never had in the first place.
Our fear of loss is almost always exaggerated. How many times have you worried about something going wrong and when it finally did it wasn’t as bad as you had imagined? This is almost always the case. Negative visualization brings the actual loss into focus and reduces or eliminates the fear of the unknown. It gives you a more realistic vision of possibilities. The higher you build your castle in the air the farther you have to fall back to earth. The Stoics would have you live closer to reality right here on Earth. But as I have mentioned before, there is nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds as long as your feet are on the ground.
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