Part of The Inner Space Series. A Negative Loop is a Digital Collage which scrabbles and strives to break free from the tyranny of its own internal self critic. Automatic Negative Thoughts are very common and may arise unbidden into our minds at anytime. They can sound like a broken record stuck in a loop, with the harsh and repetitious lyrics of self-recrimination landing blow after blow, sapping energy, confidence and self-esteem. In our own inner worlds we may speak to ourselves in a most brutal way, a way in which we would never speak to anyone else. We may beat ourselves up over simple mistakes, blame ourselves for not meeting unrealistic expectations, catastrophize about the future and tell ourselves that nothing will ever work out, so why even try?
Fortunately through awareness, self compassion, affirmation of our positive traits, being kind to ourselves, being realistic about how much we can take on and by letting ourselves off the hook sometimes; it is well within our power to shift our focus and to change that broken negative record. We can re-pattern our habitual thinking, searching out a smooth new track which moves in time with the rythm of our lives and emphasizes the positive aspects of our own personalities and existence; freeing us from Automatic Negative Thinking.