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Glass half empty patient? New language, reframing can change ‘sticky’ negative thoughts

12:21 EDT 6 Aug 2017 | Healio

INDIANAPOLIS — The human mind often gravitates toward negative information and holds onto it, making it difficult for patients focus on positive thoughts and achieve health goals, according to a speaker here.The good news, said Alison Ledgerwood, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of California Davis, is that the human brain can be retrained to think in a more positive way, improving health outcomes and general wellbeing for patients. Diabetes educators and other care team professionals can also have greater impact by changing the language they use in their interactions with patients — even using a patient’s “glass half empty” attitude to their advantage.

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