9 Common Negative Thoughts Students Think & How to Fix Them [Infographic]

by | Mar 16, 2017

Negative thoughts happen to us all. Everybody needs inspiration and encouragement when times get tough. Our students are no different. The expectations students deal with are tremendous, and sometimes the path gets rough. Student life can be stressful. There are course loads, examinations, study schedules, and extra-curricular activities they’re juggling. When things don’t go well, negative thinking can take hold.

It’s easy to see how their mental and physical energies can be tapped out sometimes. A teacher understands this since they have so much on their own plates. Unfortunately, stress can lead to negative thoughts and there’s often no getting around it. It’s here that educators can act.

Inspiring students is not always the priority it ought to be. We can change that by starting with the spoken word.

Inspiring Students by Combatting Negative Thoughts

You may already know what a “meme” is. It all began with the work of biologist Richard Dawkins in the early 1990s. Richard Brodie’s Virus of the Mind is another work worth reading on this subject. The concept of the meme was applied to religious faiths in Dawkins’ essay. You can apply it to almost anything, though.


Here’s just one simplified explanation. As children, we are brought up with certain mindsets. When we’re young and impressionable we sometimes hear negative things like:

  • Life is difficult and painful
  • You can’t trust anyone
  • You can’t make it in life on your own
  • Money is scarce and hard to come by; you’ll be lucky if you just get by
  • You’re not good enough to do that
  • You can’t do anything right

As we repeat it to ourselves (or hear it repeatedly), it eventually becomes a belief. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not because it becomes our truth. This is also what’s called a “mind virus.”


Uploading New Beliefs

A mind virus is like a piece of software we download into our brains. It takes up space in the operating system of the mind. It uses up our RAM, and our energy. It many cases, bad software or viruses can corrupt our entire system. It’s possible, however, to upload new software that serves us better.

We’ve created an infographic for you that we call “9 Common Mind Viruses”. It features some of the most common negative thoughts students can have. You may have heard them say these things below. Use “the medicine” prescribed to get students to look at the statement from a different angle and help them turn it around into something positive.

These are all about fostering student inspiration in the toughest of times. This is the medicine to fight the mind virus off once and for all.



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