NEGATIVITY

Definition of Negativity: the expression of criticism of or pessimism about something
Synonyms of Negativity: antagonism, contrariness, dissent, opposition, resistance, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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Condemn the fault and not the actor of it. –William Shakespeare
How many times do we beat ourselves because we have failed to attain the goals we have set?

It is not ourselves we should be angry with, but the disease and how it affects our actions and reactions. Our inability – or unwillingness — to realize that we cannot achieve recovery alone is our only true failure.

Our disease manifests itself in our negative thoughts and actions towards ourselves and towards the people around us. It takes no more time to think positively than it does to think negatively.

Our only job is to remember that we have a disease. We can choose to forget it, we can choose to beat ourselves up when we leave the door ajar, or we can choose to forgive ourselves and begin again.–One Day At A Time 30/07 | More…

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We can listen to the way we talk. Before we open our mouths, we ask ourselves some simple questions:

Does what I’m going to say speak to the problem, or the solution?  Is what I’m going to say framed in a kind manner?

Is what I have to say important, or would everyone be just as well off if I kept my mouth shut?  Am I talking just to hear myself talk, or is there some purpose to my “words of wisdom”?

Our attitudes are expressed in our actions. Often, it’s not what we say, but the way we say it, that really matters.

 As we learn to speak in a more positive manner, we will notice our attitudes improving as well.–Just For Today | More…

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