“Hypercritical thinking is the way people perceive the world, without any acknowledgment of happiness, acceptance, compassion, joy, wonder, or love. Hypercritical thinking focuses on what we perceive as wrong, without an equal perception of what is right. There is a lie of omission that comes... show more
“Hypercritical thinking is the way people perceive the world, without any acknowledgment of happiness, acceptance, compassion, joy, wonder, or love. Hypercritical thinking focuses on what we perceive as wrong, without an equal perception of what is right. There is a lie of omission that comes from perceiving what is wrong with the world without perceiving what is right. A hypercritical view of life omits positivity, and in doing so, is a less-than-half truth.” The purpose of this book is to help myself and others move from hypercritical thinking to happiness. We will start with an understanding of what hypercritical thinking is. As we apply these concepts, we will not only suffer less in our lives from being hypercritical, we will discover the benefits of being happier. Definitions of happiness from multiple sources will be included, as will my own attempt to define happiness. I will discuss concepts like destiny, calling, character, fate, genius, soul, and spirit and their connection to happiness. I will explain that being happy is an unattainable goal, whereas being happier is more realistic. Convincing evidence will be presented that hypercritical thinking will diminish intelligence. We are warned that hypercritical knowledge may be poisonous to us, whereas other information we gather will increase intelligence. Post-Traumatic Growth and how we can turn our traumas into transformations are explained. I will discuss how living life with more blessings than hypercritical thinking will improve our lives. A ratio of at least three times more-positive-than-negative perceptions and statements is supported in multiple areas of our lives. Champions of both hypercritical thinking and happiness will be explored. A pathway from hedonistic pleasures to pleasures that support one’s destiny will be discussed. I will use the myth of Psyche as a guide to us in therapeutic work that we are currently involved in or have done in the past. The final chapter finishes up with a list of happiness-increasing suggestions that will assist us in moving from hypercritical thinking to happiness. Happiness will increase if we nurture various social supports, eat right and exercise, and change hypercritical attitudes into positive perceptions. We can also increase happiness by retelling the stories of our lives and recognizing that our traumas and joys were a necessary part of our destinies. We will be happier if we help others and have spiritual, religious, or philosophical views that help us navigate life’s complexities. We will be more content people if we face life’s struggles with grace and accept change. It will benefit us to know our strengths and weaknesses. We should develop leisure activities and hobbies that enhance our lives and our sense of calling. Being on a purposeful, self-directed, noble path will help us move from hypercritical thinking to joy and happiness. Some of these things may be part of your life already. It is not a competition to see who can be the most positive among us. You may want to work on several of these suggestions to increase your happiness. I want to have more happiness in my life so that I can bring more joy to the world and not hypercritical contagion. My desire is to further implement more of these happiness-increasing suggestions in my life. We all can get better at being better people. I have started to check and see if, when I walk past the flowers, they burst into bloom. Not yet!This process of learning about happiness is a lifelong pursuit. To move from hypercritical thinking to happiness, it helps to take out some insurance against being hypercritical. These happiness-increasing suggestions are this insurance policy.If you are interested in researching: Happiness, Post-Traumatic-Growth, Being less hypercritical, Discovering your destiny, The Mytho-Poetic movement, Peace, Love, or just a fun self help group. You have found what you are looking for.