When we get excited or really happy about something we tend to get a bit of a buzz when adrenalin starts pumping through us.
But conversely, when we’ve been hurt in some way (emotionally or physically), we tend to feel huge emotions. These in their own way create a buzz within us – a negative buzz which can feel like anxiety.
The trouble is that just with good adrenalin rushes which can become addictive, so we can become addicted to the negative adrenalin rush. In fact, this can become even more addictive because when we feel negative emotions we have a tendency to wallow in them.
How negativity hinders us
It is much easier to find lots of old negative incidents that we can add on to this feeling – to increase its effect on us.
With this type of addiction, we can twist and turn what someone says into a negative statement when it was not intended to be so. We can mis-interpret people’s actions and without realising it – self-harm ourselves. The only person we really hurt is ourselves, we choose to interpret the information rightly or wrongly against us.
We are not consciously aware that we are doing this most of the time. It becomes automatic and only when we stop and realise what we are doing/creating can we start to correct our responses.
This is why it is so important to be more aware of ourselves and our emotions – where they are coming from and correcting any negativity as soon as possible.
I told this to one lady and immediately she “got it” – she said it was like having a “lightbulb moment”. As she suddenly realised that she had been doing this towards her husband constantly, even if he said something nice to her she would turn it and believe that he was meaning the opposite.
She changed the way that she reacted to her husband and Eureka! Her whole relationship shifted to a better one.
Do you recognise Negative Adrenalin in yourself? Let us know in the comments below.