2. Narrowing vs. Expanding

Narrowing is when you talk about a problem as if there is only one or a few ways to approach it. Saying ''Fred is terribly forgetful, I guess I'm going to have to stop giving him any important responsibilities'' is a narrowing statement that blinds you to the possibilities of doing something about his forgetfulness. Narrowing negative talk leads us to feel mentally ''trapped'' or limited by preconceived notions, instead of taking the initiative to create more choices and options.

Have you ever done brainstorming? The majority of people have been exposed to this classic idea-generating technique at some point in school or in a training program at work. It involves generating lots and lots of unfiltered ideas, anything ...

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