The task of realising our negativity can be a difficult one. It is only through self-realisation that we can pinpoint and strive to work out solutions to the negative aspects of ourselves. While the elements of negativity that we can create are boundless, here are a few common traits that we can easily strive to identify and resolve within ourselves to engage with greater positivity in our day to day lives.
An inflated sense of self-importance can be damaging to yourself and others. When we feel arrogant, we prioritise our ideas and goals above those of others. This is a trait that creates in us a continually growing sense of our value and deflates others in our eyes. Often those who are arrogant lack perspective on the life and struggles of others and see the world with ‘tunnel vision’, appearing only to recognise their problems.
Like arrogance, selfishness emphasises the importance of the ego and suggests narrow-mindedness. The problem with acting selfishly is that many fail to recognise the importance of support and success within a community rather than just sole successes. We cannot truly succeed without other people, nor should we take for granted or negate the achievements and successes of others because we believe we are more critical.
Apathy represents a lack of emotion or care for others and an inability to understand the pain experienced in other people’s lives. This failure to relate to other people suggests detachment and narrow-mindedness. The ability to empathise and connect with others over shared experiences of adversity and pain is essential to developing authentic human connections.
Ignorance demonstrates perhaps the most narrow-minded character. Refusal to communicate or understand those different to yourself is a failure of all the above character traits. How can we succeed in a world of diversity and difference if we refuse to accept any ideology, thought or belief except our own? This trait exhibits your negativity and perpetuates a sense of hopelessness and negativity on others who have to interact with you.
The Common Denominator
As you may have noticed, the most damaging and destructive character traits are often the result of the ego and all base themselves around selfish mindsets. To live happily and remove negativity from ourselves, we must develop skills and relationships which communicate love, empathy, and togetherness.
How can we Prevent Negative Traits within Ourselves?
The practice of guided meditation is the singular most effective technique for increasing self-awareness and rigorous analysis of our thoughts. This makes it essential in identifying and understanding the negative traits we exhibit and perpetuate through our daily interactions. It is vital that we can work on these, but the task can seem too big or complicated to identify at times. A great starting point is a regular guided meditation, which allows us to process the negativity we feel and express, learn to understand it and replace it with more positive and rational character traits.