A pattern is something that happens in a regular and repeated way.
A habit is a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance; an acquired mode of behavior that can become nearly or completely involuntary.
Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind. Unity School of Christianity
A negative or neurotic thought pattern reproduces itself with monotonous regularity, as if it were an entity. Sigmund Freud? I heard this and am trying to remember it! If anyone has the exact quote I would appreciate having a copy.
There are always two creations; first in the mind and then in the physical world.
It is only negative or neurotic patterns that are the problem. Good healthy patterns are not problems.
Psychology Today –
(When) Are You Neurotic?
Identifying neurotic patterns
Posted Nov 23, 2012
Neurotic habits are automatic or ritualized patterns of overt behavior that people engage in to alleviate anxiety and provide a sense of familiar security. The problem is that, carried out over the long term, the habitual patterns are maladaptive. ..
Neurotic emotional patterns come in two basic flavors, over-regulated (meaning suppressed and not expressed) and under-regulated (meaning hyper-sensitized and over-expressed). Feeling states per se are almost never bad. ..
The human relationship system is guided fundamentally by needs for relational value, navigated on the dimensions of power, love, and freedom. Neurotic relationship patterns emerge when people adopt rigid styles or express extreme interpersonal reactions in response to fears that their relational value needs won’t be met…
Our defenses are the way we manage tension between conflicting goals and filter stuff out of our full consciousness. The defensive system tries to bring harmony to the various other systems of adaptation, but sometimes does so at significant costs. Two very common defenses are repression and rationalization. Repression is when material is blocked out of self-conscious recognition. Rationalization is when we make up reasons that hide our true needs or feelings.
Finally, our verbal beliefs are networked into systems of justification that provide us with theories about ourselves in the world. Cognitive psychotherapy became widespread because it helped individuals realize that at the roots of much suffering were maladaptive interpretations or beliefs about how the world ought to be. For example, many people have core beliefs that they are ineffective or unlovable, and in vulnerable periods interpret setbacks as confirming such beliefs. Others have rigid or extreme beliefs about how the world must be if they are to function (e.g., the belief that everyone must like them or that they must be perfect all the time). Others make catastrophic interpretations of minor events. The problem is that these beliefs legitimize actions, feeling states, or perceptions of self or others that lead to a host of maladaptive patterns. Cognitive psychotherapy is effective because it teaches folks to catch, check, and change maladaptive beliefs into more adaptive narratives…
Consider what situations make you feel insecure and then look across your patterns of habits, feelings, relationship processes, defenses, and justifications and reflect on where neurotic patterns might reside in you. And, if you are feeling open and secure enough, ask someone you trust when and how they think you are neurotic…
After all, the very nature of neurotic processes is such that we will very likely be blind to them.
No disease can enter into or take hold of our bodies unless it finds therein something corresponding to itself which makes it possible. And in the same way, no evil or undesirable condition of any kind can come into our lives unless there is already in them that which invites it and so makes it possible for it to come. The sooner we begin to look within ourselves for the cause of whatever comes to us, the better it will be, for so much the sooner will we begin to make conditions within ourselves such that only good may enter. IN TUNE WITH THE INFINITE OR, FULLNESS OF PEACE POWER AND PLENTY BY RALPH WALDO TRINE
But how do you change thought patterns.
It is simple, but not easy.
One of the fastest ways is; Be Impeccable With Your Word. See the following link:
A lot of negative thought patterns begin with sloppy talk [idle or, careless words]. Think before you speak and reflect on your words after speaking. Review all your words before and after speaking; this also includes self-talk that happens silently and internally.
It is simple, but not easy.
Maladaptive Behaviors definition: Maladaptive behaviors are actions or tendencies that don’t allow an individual to adjust well to certain situations. They are typically disruptive and dysfunctional behaviors can range from mild to severe in scope. Maladaptive behaviors are typically used as a means of reducing mental discomfort and anxiety but are not effective in this regard and can sometimes even make it worse.
Also look at habits such as nail-biting, hair-pulling, not getting work done, and anything that limits normal functioning. The list is as long as humankind’s imagination! Become aware of the habit, interrupt it, and reflect on the cause. I used to be a nail-biter and I can tell you habits are hard to break. In the end there is only one way to quit; JUST DO IT. Not once but hundreds; maybe thousands of times!
It is simple, but not easy.
Another big source of negative thought patterns is being obsessively self-absorbed; thinking that everything that happens around you has the purpose of upsetting you. This is a major symptom of depression. See the following link:
Don’t think about yourself all the time. To truly be healthy emotionally and mentally you need to feel an attachment to something much larger than yourself. This means thinking about helping other people, animals, the earth, the universe, God, or wherever you feel you can be helpful.