Positive Thinking, Negative Results

A Catholic approach to positive thinking.

June 30, 2021

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just think positive thoughts and make all our problems go away?

Now don’t get us wrong: You are called to think about what is true, noble, and praiseworthy (see Philippians 4:8). But that doesn’t mean you’re supposed to whitewash your outlook. This doesn’t help because you won’t be open to the ways God can bring deep healing and profound transformation into your life.

In this episode, we’ll explain how the Catholic approach to positive thinking can lead to true change for the better.


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  1. Jeffrey Fortman says

    Today I Learned:
    There’s a nuance between positive thinking and the use of scripture or other helpful phrases.
    That nuance really is where we examine the replacement phrase and say: “Do I think this is believable”.
    If It doesn’t appear believable, the interior wiring of ourselves makes us more adverse, even hostile to that “replacement thought”, and then, bam, the positive psychology backfires, and we’re off worse than we were at the beginning.
    Instead, we need to invite the Lord into these moments, because GRACE is the change agent, WE are not the change agent in these patterns. It’s tempting to fire in a new thought, but if we’re doing that we can be short-circuiting the model and handicapping our ability to repent.

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