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The Power of Good Emotional Math

Updated: Sep 12, 2022



Are you doing bad emotional math? Dr. Joan Rosenberg shares an empowering resource in her book, 90 Seconds to a Life You Love. In it, she provides a table that contrasts Bad Emotional Math with Good Emotional Math.


Here is a list of her Emotional Math mental habits. Be sure to read to the end to discover the emotional math equations that will strengthen your mind.


1. One bad thing = all bad things

2. Always was = always will be

3. Always has been = always will be

4. That's just who I am = that's who I will be

5. Past = present

6. Past = future

7. Present = future

8. "Bad" feelings = bad self

9. "Ugly" feelings = ugly self

10. Doing = being

11. Who I am = what I want

12. Who I am = what I have/own

13. Who I am = what I feel

14. Who I am = what I think

15. Who I am = what I believe

16. Who I am = what I do

17. Who I am = what I accomplished/expressed

18. Who I am = what others say about me

19. Who I am = my reputation

20. Who I am = what I show to others

21. Who I am = how I think others perceive me

22. Who I am = parent / child

23. Who I am = my label

24. Who I am = my illness / disease

25. Feeling suicidal = act / action


Joan Rosenberg's antidote to Bad Emotional Math are mindset equations for Good Emotional Math.


1. One bad thing = one bad thing

2. Always was ≠ now or future

3. Always has been ≠ now or future

4. That's just who I am < who I can be

5. Past ≠ present

6. Past ≠ future

7. Present ≠ future

8. "Bad" feelings = unpleasant feelings

9. "Ugly" feelings = unpleasant feelings

10. Doing ≠ being (i.e. mistake or failure) ≠ (i.e. I am a failure)

11. Who I am > what I want

12. Who I am > what I have / own

13. Who I am > what I feel

14. Who I am > what I think

15. Who I am > what I believe

16. Who I am > what I do

17. Who I am > what I accomplished / expressed

18. Who I am > what others say about me

19. Who I am > my reputation

20. Who I am > what I show to others

21. Who I am > how I think others perceive me

22. Who I am ≠ my parent / child

23. Who I am > my label

24. Who I am > my illness / disease

25. Feeling suicidal = difficulty facing unbearable pain


Good emotional math done consistently over time = improved mental health. This type of math simply makes sense.


Which math equations resonate with you?


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