Negative People Use Half of Their Brain


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When you are enveloped in negativity you literally shut down half of your brain. Have you ever read stories or seen pictures or video footage of individuals who are in “shock” following some type of catastrophic accident? In most of those stories, pictures or videos, the individuals all looks like a zombies. They are uncommunicative, unresponsive and appear lost somewhere in space. Their very consciousness seems to be closed off to the world around them.

The reason is that, when you are faced with a life or death situation, the fight or flight process of the subconscious mind (limbic system and brain stem) takes over as the command and control center of the brain. The conscious part of your brain (neocortex and pre-frontal cortex), the intended command and control center of the brain, completely shuts down. Your visual cortex shuts down, so things your eyes are seeing are not processed by the occipital lobe. Your hearing shuts down and all you hear is noise. You entire awareness to the outside world goes into shut down mode. You become oblivious to everything around you. During life or death events, your thinking and focus is intentionally narrowed, so that you can focus on one thing – survival. When you are in such a negative state, literally half of your brain shuts down.

When you experience stress, a negative emotion, or other negative emotions like anger, disgust, sadness or depression, it’s as if you are putting yourself into shock. You shift into zombie mode, albeit on a lesser level. The conscious part of your brain becomes less in control and your focus and awareness are narrowed. As a result of this narrowed focus and awareness, you become oblivious to solutions and opportunities. Those who remain perpetually negative struggle financially, struggle keeping a job, struggle with relationships and have almost no chance of succeeding in life because they are unable to see solutions and opportunities that would help them solve their problems and create a happy life.

This is why it is critical to make positive thinking a daily habit. We are all faced with everyday situations that cause stress, anger, disappointment and sadness. The key to breaking out of this negative mental outlook is practicing positivity every day until it becomes a habit. The starting point is gratitude. Gratitude is the gateway to a positive mental outlook. Gratitude opens the door to positivity. It shifts your thinking from negative to positive. This has a cascading effect, opening up your mind and allowing you to see abundance in your life, rather than scarcity. Gratitude gets you started on the path to a positive mental outlook. When coupled with other positivity habits, such as meditation, daily positive affirmations, scripting your ideal life, visualizing that ideal life or pursuing your dreams and goals, negativity fades away, replaced by hope, enthusiasm, optimism, joy and contentment. There’s an abundance of science on this. It’s not new age thinking or theory. Dr. Barbara Frederickson, University of North Carolina, recently published the results of a study she conducted on this very topic. When you are able to adopt habits that shift your thinking from negative to positive, you expand your thinking. An abundance mindset takes hold and you are able to see solutions and opportunities that are all around you. You turn on your entire brain, which then goes to work helping you manufacture the life of your dreams by pushing and pulling you, though intuition and gut feelings, in certain directions that lead to a happy, successful and fulfilled life.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit,, India TV, Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money,,, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider,, and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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