I hope you had a chance in the last couple of weeks to take the Positive Intelligence mental fitness assessment for which I shared a link in my last newsletter. If so, were you surprised at your results?
I promised that today’s newsletter would offer some hints about what might be getting in the way of a more positive level of mental fitness. In Positive Intelligence, the name given to the voices in your head that are negative reactions to life’s everyday challenges is “saboteurs.
Today, I’d like to share a bit about the saboteurs and provide a link to another assessment where you can identify the saboteurs that are causing many of your problems.
Saboteurs are habitual mental patterns for how we think, feel, and respond to the circumstances we confront. We formed these patterns as children when they were extremely helpful as we struggled to survive real and imagined threats to our physical and emotional security.
But as adults we often remain stuck in (and unaware of) these old patterns which now turn out to create problems for us, causing stress, anxiety, self-doubt, frustration, restlessness, and unhappiness – thus sabotaging our performance, wellbeing, and relationships.
The saboteur that seems to cause the most trouble for everyone is the Judge which is constantly influencing us to judge ourselves, others, and our circumstances. Shirzad Chamine has, through factor analysis, identified nine other saboteurs such as the Victim, the Pleaser, the Avoider, etc. These nine other saboteurs show up in differing degrees in each of us.
If you’d like to find out which saboteurs, in addition to the Judge, are behind negativity in your thought and experience, here’s a link.
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