According to Martin Seligman, the answer is Yes. Seligman coined the word of positive psychology, which focuses on optimism and happiness rather than on textbook neuroses and perpetual psychological dysfunction. Pessimism: look at the worst of every sitution Catastrophizing: ming the worst of a situaiton Blaming: shifting the responsibiltiy for circumstances to someone other than yourself Perfectionism: imposing above-human standards on your self Polarized thinking: where everything is seen as an extreme Should-ing: reprimanding yourself for things you should have done Magnifying: blowing problems out of proportion Awfulizing: putting mental processed into a shallow, one-track mode One technique to convert negative thoughts to neutral thoughts, similar to Ellis’s RET, is called thought stopping. Self-fulfilling Prophecy is used to describe the link between perception/beliefs and their related behaviors. The acceptance of situation we have no control over is thought to be paramount as a stress management strategy. Focusing on the positive is reframing the current situation. It is an appreciation of the present moment. Acknowledge the negative. Learn from it, but don’t dwell on it. Focus on the positive aspects and build on them. Seaward, B. L. (2004). Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.