achieving negative goals
How may we change unwanted feelings and behaviour patterns, both positive and negative, either individually or collectively?
We have identified twenty-three basic stratagems for achieving negative goals. Some (reframing and replacing) may involve conversion of negative goals into positive goals, so that positive thinking can be applied. Others (removal, refining and recollecting) do not require conversion.
Change may involve concerted action, including intervention by a consultant, therapist or spiritual director.
negative thinking > achieving negative goals > stratagems
|renewal make new again, constantly renovate, refresh and cleanse||restart go back to zero and rebuild from scratch||repeat if at first you don't succeed, try try again||recollect reduce the power of something by becoming more aware of it|
|renunciation make a gesture or policy of withdrawal||removal eliminate or escape the system altogether||retreat withdraw for a while||retaliate hit back in anger|
|replacing eliminate a desire or fear by superimposing a stronger desire or fear||repair eliminate separation or fracture, by integrating the fragments (back) into a whole||rearranging move the pieces so that unwanted patterns vanish||reflection think back in peace|
|refining strip out the accidental, in order to focus on the essential||reducing ration what is good, in order to keep below acceptable limits||relaxing avoid reacting when your response just makes things worse||return go back to a past state|
|left blank for your contribution - please email suggestions and experiences||redirect convert something from the domain of the feared to the domain of the useful||reframe alter the meaning or value of something, by altering its context or description||rewriting history alter the stories we tell about ourselves|
|redemption rely on greater powers to take away the problems||reversal eliminate something by seizing it; obtain something by giving it away||reductio ad absurdum escape logic by paradox or contradiction||remaining silent escape logic by escaping language|
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