How to Trash Your Toxic Thoughts

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Wouldn’t it be great to have a quick and easy button to push every time you wanted to put a toxic thought out in the trash? Well, you will absolutely love this read if you do!

Everyone has toxic thoughts now and then, but not everyone knows how to quickly identify and release the emotional effects such thoughts create.

There is scientific data to back up the notion of being able to trash toxic thoughts effectively. Dr. Caroline Leaf has done extensive research on how the mind works and how to work well with the positive gifts and the internal pharmacy your mind is wired to create to enhance genuine happiness.

“Toxic thoughts can increase the level of glutamate, which, in right quantities, is very important to memory building, but in the wrong quantities, it acts like battery acid, causing damage in the brain. Where there is damage, there will be inflammation cells in that particular area. This may manifest in various problems, such as depression or anxiety or learning problems or physical health issues and so on.”

So how do get glutamate into your brain in the right quantities?

First, you must realize your attitude is a chemical configuration which reflects the “flavor” of your thoughts. Once you are able to quickly identify the stop sign you receive in the form of fear or anxiety, you are able to change and re-wire the pathway through your brain.

“The surprising truth is that every single thought – whether positive or negative – goes through the same cycle when it forms. Thoughts are basically electrical impulses, chemicals and neurons on a physical level, but when put together, something amazing happens. A unique thinking pattern emerges, different from every other person on the planet. This is very powerful because it means we have a distinct thinking signature, just as fingerprints are different and distinct to each person, so are our thought patterns.”

Dr. Leaf suggests using a four step method to help identify, capture, and transform toxic thoughts.

1. Capture the initial toxic thought in your frontal lobe which allows you to stand outside yourself and evaluate the thought.
2. Capitalize and use this discomfort you feel to identify the toxic thought block because this is a conscious and nonconscious mental activation of an attitude.
3. Rewire the thought to alter the chemical signature.
4. Decide to melt away the fear in the toxic thought with positive loving thoughts which generate a cascade of peace.

The key is trashing the toxic thought when it first arrives and is most vulnerable to being removed before it takes root and starts generating a full harvest of bad seeds all over your mind, which only grows a feeding frenzy for more toxic thoughts. Timing is key.

You have much more control
of your thoughts than you are probably aware. You are not a victim to any type of stinking thinking or hostage to horrible emotions. You have many choices available to rewire and trash toxic thoughts by getting really good at identifying them when they first start and putting the brakes on the rocky roller coaster ride before it has any chance to take off and run wild. There are numerous neuroplacity studies which prove you can change the structure of your brain.

“We express our attitudes – love or fear – through what we first think and then through the choices we make, which dictate what we say and do. When you add either love or fear emotions to a though cluster and give it a unique flavor, then it becomes an attitude. A bad attitude is proof that you are not operating in your gift. A good attitude is proof you are operating in your gift.”

The more you practice trashing toxic thoughts the easier it will become, the more positive your overall attitude will be, the better you will feel about yourself, others and life in general. Remember, this good change is about progress, not perfection. Be patient with yourself and hold onto the hope that the healthy healing of your mind is absolutely possible. Understanding allows you to overcome.


Deb Scott, BA, CPC  is a four-time award winning author of “The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue,”  and a top rated Best Podcaster winner of “The Best People We Know Show” on blog talk radio, stitcher and player FM with over 1 million global listeners.  Deb spent twenty years as a cardiovascular surgical specialist, winning numerous awards for outstanding sales and leadership skills.  In her personal life, Deb battled sexual abuse, others’ alcoholism, dysfunctional relationships, depression, was the sole caregiver to both her parents who fought cancer to their death, and even experienced financial devastation.  Today, Deb helps people turn things around in their business, or the business of living, with the discovery of the amazing you. Sign up for Deb’s free mind vitamin monthly newsletter at:

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  • Donnell

    So interesting. I wonder what the difference is between toxic thoughts and negative thoughts. And I wonder if I’m somehow defeating myself because I don’t have toxic thoughts about people. I’m truly a nice person! :) But I get upset at other people spewing awful thoughts, e.g. bullying, or looking for ways to belittle something. For instance the woman undergoing brain cancer who was wearing a tutu and running a marathon. The tutus benefit her charity. But a magazine asked for permission to run her photo and insulted the woman as a result…. That’s when my thoughts turn toxic and I react. Perhaps deep breathing and the serenity prayer?

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  • Sandra Galati

    Hi Deb, thank you for this excellent post on how to effectively combat negativity and how important timing is to the process. I needed this today. Peace.

  • Roslyn Tanner Evans

    Great to know it IS POSSIBLE to rewire automatic, reactive behaviors.

  • Carolyn Almendarez

    Positive affirmations are a great way to shift a negative thought to a positive thought.