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Fundamental Eight: Get Present-Oriented

THE FUTURE-NEGATIVE PERSONALITY

The “future-negative personality” should be an old friend by now, since we’ve examined such thought-patterns in previous Chapters. Yet here this nemesis rears its ugly head again.

Perhaps the most typical of the non-present personality types is the “future negative.” As the name indicates, here is the person who is largely preoccupied with negative thoughts about the future. It’s a miserable world of worries, apprehension, pessimism, dread, and negative prediction. It’s a life way ahead of itself — a mental world of doom and gloom which is often rehearsed, in anguish, weeks, months, or years beforehand.

We’ve already discussed how fruitless such thinking is (e.g., “90% of your worries don’t come true;” “most of your fears are beyond your control;” “pessimistic thinking only serves to make you unhappy;” etc.), so there is no need to go much further here. Still, since “past negative” thinking is so common to human nature, we need to list it again because of all the “time zones,” the “future-negative” is the most seductive of them all. And for the chronic “future negative,” the constant fear of a negative future robs any of the realized joys of the present.

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