When you get the flu, a virus has invaded
your body through a very specific point of vulnerability. Here's
how it usually happens: First you get the virus on your hand.
Someone sneezed or coughed and the virus landed on a counter
you touched. Or someone touched their face, and you should hands
with them. You get the virus on your hands, but it doesn't enter
through the skin on your hands. Your skin protects you. Skin
is not vulnerable to a flu infection.
But at some point, you touch or rub one
of your eyes. The virus is washed into the moisture of the eye,
washed down through the eye's drainage tube into the back of
your throat and that is where the virus enters a cell in the
lining of your throat and starts its parasitic life cycle. The
eye is the point of vulnerability. It is a vulnerable opening,
a chink in your armor, and that is where your defenses can be
breached by a virus.
And just as a virus comes in through our
body's points of vulnerability, the lamprey of the mind infects us through
specific points of vulnerability. We have four main places where
negativity can invade:
brain. We have a brain that evolved to pay special attention
to potential danger.
2. Communication. We have a strong, biologically-driven
urge to be accepted by others.
3. The nature of reality. The lamprey can invade
us through the inevitably misleading experiences we get under
4. The media. Perhaps most powerfully, we can
be infected through a mutation called television. TV functions
like the Erie canal, opening us to unprecedented numbers of lampreys
we have developed no natural defense against.
The three main ways to protect yourself
from a pessimism infection are:
yourself of the four biases.
motives of the source.
3. Control your input.
Once you have rid your mind of mental lampreys, here's how to
stay free of them:
Your Mind Free of Negativity
If you think you're not a pessimist, read this.
Read about pessimism's impact on your immune
system: Pessimism and Health.
Read this review of a movie that demonstrates
overcoming the four negative biases above: Rocky Balboa and Determination.
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