What's Your Brain Trying To Sell You

Your brain is always trying to sell you something! Good, bad or otherwise, what's it pitching you today?




First, let me apologize to car salespeople everywhere. This is from a colleague of mine at the hospital where I work - so it's not my work and it might not be his either but it's good insight into how our brains work.






There is a part of your brain acts like an untrustworthy used car salesperson trying to sell you, negative automatic thoughts, or negative ideas about yourself, others and the world. Just like a rundown old car, these are thoughts that you do not need, or might not want and that are potentially harmful to you.

Believing, or buying into and or acting on these negative automatic thoughts or negative self-talk, might give you short-term emotional relief. But in the long term they act to strengthen the deceitful car salesperson in your brain. They, therefore, also strengthen the brain's circuits that send you these negative deceitful messages.

These circuits are like a needle stuck in a grove of a record. The more the needle spins around your negative grove, the deeper the grove becomes and the harder it is for the needle to exit. Sure, you can be positive for a time, but when things don’t go well the needle jumps off the shallow positive grove right into the deep negative grove.

What Can I Do About It?

When your brain tries to sell you a negative thought, stop and think about the thought. And ask yourself:

  • What truth is there in the thought?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of accepting the negative thought?
  • How will I feel? What will I do? How will this affect me? etc.
  • What’s an alternative and positive thought?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of accepting the positive thought?
  • How will I feel? What will I do? How will this affect me? etc.
  • What am I going to do, accept the negative or positive thought?

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Larry G. Pardy CD RSW BSc. HBSW MDiv.
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