Thought-terminating cliché and Platitudes

A thought-terminating cliché is a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to end cognitive dissonance (discomfort experienced when one simultaneously holds two or more conflicting cognitions, e.g. ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions). Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating.

My thoughts are we been sweeping things under the "Rug" such as "Cognitive Dissonance" far to long,thus never addressing a problem to it's full extent , "Not Paying Attention to things which Attention is Due", like raising kids, teaching people myths,Addictions,on and on it goes, So we Use these Terms :


Non-political examples- wikipedia

  • “Everything happens for a reason.”
  • “Don't judge.”
  • “Why? Because I said so.” (Bare assertion fallacy)
  • “I’m the parent, that’s why.” (Appeal to authority).
  • “When you get to be my age you’ll find that’s not true.”
  • “You don’t always get what you want.”
  • “You win some, you lose some.”
  • “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.” (Appeal to ridicule if said sarcastically)
  • “It works in theory, but not in practice.” (Base rate fallacy)
  • “It's just common sense.”
  • “To each his own.”
  • “Life is unfair.”
  • “Such is life.”
  • “We already had this conversation.”
  • “It is what it is.”
  • “Whatever.”
  • “There you go again.”
  • “Whatever will be, will be.”
  • “Be a man and…”

  • “It's a matter of opinion!”
  • “You only live once.” (YOLO)
  • “We will have to agree to disagree.”
  • “You are not being a 'team player'.” (Ignoratio elenchi)
  • “You just don’t do that.”
  • “Just do it.”
  • “Don't be that guy.”
  • “Because that is our policy.”
  • “Don't be silly.”
  • “There's no smoke without fire.” (used to convince others that a person is guilty based on accusation or hearsay and to discourage further examination of evidence)
  • "Rules are rules."
  • "Who do you think you are?"/"Who are you to..."
  • "It's all relative."
  • “Can't everybody just drop it and get along?” (used as an attempt to stop an ongoing debate or argument)

     If we want "the Quick fix" . which is a problem of the fast paced Materialistic culture we live in , we get what can be done quick.

                                                                     One is fooling themselves,if can't see this is the Way our Society has evolved, from education,how children are being raised, thus first we admit we took a route that no longer can be sustained,is un-healthy. not until we reach to point of Seeing the problem, can the problem even begin to be Addressed.

Blind men and an elephant

                                                                                      "The parable of the blind men and an elephant originated in the ancient Indian subcontinent, from where it has been widely diffused. However the meaning of the popular proverb differs in other countries. It is a story of a group of blind men, who have never come across an elephant before and who learn and conceptualize what the elephant is like by touching it. Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant's body, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then describe the elephant based on their limited experience and their descriptions of the elephant are different from each other. In some versions, they come to suspect that the other person is dishonest and they come to blows. The moral of the parable is that humans have a tendency to claim absolute truth based on their limited, subjective experience as they ignore other people's limited, subjective experiences which may be equally true.[1][2] - wikipedia

Social processing and Superficiality

Social psychology considers that in everyday life social processing veers between superficiality, where we rely on first impressions and immediate judgements, and a deeper form of processing in which we seek to understand the other person more fully.[29] In the ordinary course of life, we necessarily take others at face-value,[30] and use ideal types/stereotypes to guide our daily activities; while institutions too can rely on the superficial consensus of groupthink[31] to preclude deeper investigation.

Some circumstances however necessitate a shift from superficial to extensive processing. When things become serious, we must put more and deeper thought into understanding, leaving superficial judgements to cases where the stakes are low, not high.

                               My Question here is "When are the Stakes not High"?

And in a hurried, State of Being the rule is more toward -superficial consensus-, just by the fact there is no time to,to take the time.

One of the most "Insane things we see Daily,is instant Gratification

    from having kids, yet not thinking of how we can afford,teach,feed,them etc. As the American Culture goes,we shipped a good part of our jobs to other countries, to exploit their people by paying them low wages, so what is this Kid your having going to do?

                         The idea thought, that it is ok to think of a person less because the live in China, etc,that we can be un concerned with their "Standard of Living ", so ours will be better!,.this to me is the very sure sign of " No, none, empathy"' 

       This is a slippery slope, I don't like to go to, yet has to be addressed;

                                                 If I talk to people , anybody today in casual conversation, and say they ask me what I been doing when not working, I say " studying " for example, most will just change topic, those few whom do ask what I am studying, and I reply say " when I was in Alcohol rehab. I found the great importance of self-awareness,self-actualization etc. so I study things related to that amongst many other interests,and with the internet I have a vast Library at home. 

    In the last 2 years, talking to many people, Only 1 person even has shown interest in this topic. And the wealthy, nearly run from it, say right out, that type thought is a waste of time, So don't hold your breath,thinking the wealthy will lead the way to the improved lives, of the Poor,, they are to busy seeking personal comfort,power,..period.


I believe it is very Important to Dissipate any neg. thoughts, (such as Blaming,being critical,condemning etc.)

, Not simply distract away from these thoughts,as they still," remain", the below site addresses this topic.(The Mind is a Powerful Thing)


It can stimulate healing or block it. It can manifest physical symptoms due to mental thoughts or it can make those symptoms seem much less or even make them disappear.

The physical body mirrors what a person is thinking.  The mind and body are one.  In many ways the mind can actually control the body.

Learning to control your mind – your thoughts, anxieties, worries, judgements, etc – can be one of the best ways of improving overall health.

Achieving a healthy mind starts with ensuring that your subconscious thoughts equal your conscious thoughts and they match your spoken words.


Many people focus on saying the right thing, on being positive.  It is not so much what you say that determines health, it is what you think and what you believe and whether all aspects of the mind are consistent.

The other common mistake that people make is to draw a connection between being healthy and being happy. Achieving mental and physical health starts with being honest, not about being positive or happy.  If you feel sadness, anger, frustration or disappointment, it is important to find a way to express those emotions safely.

It doesn’t mean that you have to stay in that emotional state for a long time, but you need to find time when you can truly express how you feel.  Many physical symptoms arise because emotions are suppressed or held-in, not because they are present.

Learning to embrace the power of the mind and to support the mind’s ability to support healing starts with the following five steps:

#1: Dissipate Before You Distract

Thoughts and emotions that are held in have the greatest impact on health. I have found that learning to dissipate or release negative or unwanted thoughts and emotions is the most important step to achieving a healthy mind.

When I ask people what they do with their frustration, anger and negativity, many people answer that they read, meditate, do yoga, play on the computer or watch television. All of those activities are forms of distraction. They may serve the purpose in making you feel better in the moment, but they don’t assist a person in releasing unwanted thoughts and emotions.

Some people dissipate their thoughts and emotions through exercise, others journal and shred, others yell and scream or they just need to talk to someone.  There is no one ideal way.  It is about what works for you.  Here are some ways to dissipate thoughts and emotions:

  • Writing and shredding. You want to “yell” on paper.  Your aim is free-form writing where you say whatever you feel as quickly as possible. The idea is to write uninterrupted for as long as it takes to get things out.  If you are upset or angry and you are not sure why, it is often beneficial to write for at least 2 hours without stopping.
    When you are done you shred (or burn safely) what you wrote.  Do not hang on to these writings.  This is not journalling.  Your don’t send it to anyone.  It is not for others to read.  This is about putting your true, unedited thoughts on paper and then getting rid of them.
  • Short burst of physical activity. Hitting a tennis ball against a wall, kicking leaves or stones, throwing darts on a dart-board, hitting a bunching bag and other short bursts of activity can be beneficial.  The aim, like writing, is to release what you are feeling,  It is not about getting exhausted. Find something that you can do that allows you to release emotions.

                                  Stay “off the Fence”                                     


One of the most stressful things for the mind is “being on the fence”, being “in limbo” or “not making a decision”.  Being “on the fence” makes the the head spin, keeps the mind incessantly active in a very unproductive way.

The mind is very good at guiding a person about a decision in the present and in evaluating the past. Only the gut can really tell you whether or not something is “right” when it comes to the future.

Learning to trust your gut can be very valuable. The analogy that I use for life is like driving on a road. When you’re on the right path it is like being on a paved road where the ride is smooth.  Being on the wrong path is like riding on the shoulder. It is bumpy, uncomfortable and you often run into barriers.

Some people live a life in the fast lane, others choose a leisurely country road.  Either way, you want to enjoy as much of your life as possible in the center lanes, avoiding the shoulder and the barriers.

What is important is to make a decision, any decision.  Anxiety, panic and worry are often due to or worsened by “being on the fence” – that is, being faced with a challenging situation or decision and spending hours, days or even months running through the various possible options and outcomes without actually making a decision and moving forward.

Not only does “being on the fence” keep the mind unsettled, it also consumes a huge amount of energy. Fatigue, sadness, depression and anxiety will often result if you spend too much time on the fence.

It is difficult for the universe to give you any feedback when you’re “on the fence”.  But, when you make a decision, you will quickly know if it is the right one for you or the wrong one.  When you make the right decision you will generally find that things flow quite easily and you feel that you are back to the paved road.

Making the wrong decision often feels like everything is a struggle and you find that you run into barriers consistently.

                                         Recognize your Patterns and Triggers


Each person’s mind is unique. You are born with specific qualities – called your constitution – and then you go through life with your unique experiences and exposures.

Together this will determine your patterns and your triggers. Everyone reacts to situations differently. The same situation may excite one person and cause fear or anger in another. Controlling your mind or understanding your mind is largely about recognizing your specific patterns and triggers.

Mental patterns and triggers include things such as:

  • not feeling supported
  • not being heard
  • constantly requiring confirmation or approval
  • always seeing the glass as half-empty
  • expecting the worst in everyone
  • not trusting, etc.

When individuals don’t recognize their patterns or triggers, they often end up repeating the same behaviour, getting into the same types of relationships, having the same challenges at work or home.

The value of recognizing what triggers you is that it narrows down the work that you have to do.

For example, having good self-esteem is beneficial. Only those that lack self-esteem, or that choose to improve their self-esteem need to work on this trait. Similarly for anger or time management. Recognizing your patterns and triggers is like taking stock of your strengths and your weaknesses so you know what to work on.

I often meet people that want to improve their mind and they start by following the agenda in a book they bought. That may work for some people, but it is not the most efficient way.

You are best to start with you.

Just like you would if you were working on your physical health. The key to physical health is to know where you stand and to address your areas of susceptibility or weakness. It is too time consuming and costly to address every physiological system equally. The mind is no different.

Figure out your areas of weakness, or work with a Naturopathic doctor, counselor or other professional to more fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of your mind.

If you want to break patterns, you need to train the mind to respond and react differently.

Practice Mindfulness or Mental Stillness

Being able to still the mind is essential for mental health.

The mind, like all aspects of the body, needs time to recoup and recover. An active, non-stop mind is exhausting – both mentally and physically. An active mind is dehydrating and consumes nutrients that may be needed for other aspects of health and healing.

“Mental stillness allows us to sense the inner wisdom of the mind.” <–TWEET THIS

It allows us the opportunity to make better decisions and to see the bigger picture for things. Having a calm and content mind is associated with better and longer sleep. Mindfulness exercises and mental stillness have repeatedly been proven to be related to improved mental and physical health across a variety of disorders.

There are a number of authors that write about mindfulness.  One of my favorite authors is Jon Kabat-Zinn. I encourage you to check out his website and books.

Protect Your Mind

You get to determine, for the most, what you are exposed to and what your mind is asked to process. You determine what you watch on television, what you listen to on the radio, what sites you search on the web, what conversations you have with others, the amount of time you are exposed to “noise” and how much time your mind gets to rest.

Having a strong healthy mind requires you to protect the mind. To limit its exposure to irrelevant, negative, destructive information.

Psychological resiliency is defined as a person’s ability to cope with stress and adversity. It is reflected in a person’s ability to resist, adapt and strengthen itself when faced with “stress”.  It is determined by and reflected in a person’s ability to process events, especially “stressful” events in a timely, healthy fashion.

I look at psychological resiliency as a person’s constitution plus the impact of protective or positive experiences minus the impact of threatening or negative experiences.


A person’s psychological resiliency can be affected by a range of factors including:

  • Stressful or traumatic events that are not processed effectively
  • Unrelenting thoughts and emotions such as fear, uncertainty, lack of self-esteem, anxiety, worry or helplessness
  • Secrets, feeling “on the fence” or “trapped” by your life, or not feeling supported
  • Exposure (whether real or watched) to violence and aggression
  • Abuse of the senses, especially too much noise and light
  • E-mailing, texting, and constant “unbuffered” communication
  • Environmental factors such as environmental toxins, cell phones and EMF radiation
  • Nutritional factors such as dietary imbalances, deficiencies, dehydration and excess consumption of salt, sugar or food that you react to
  • Sedentary, indoor lifestyles

If you find that your tolerance is low, that you react too quickly, too easily and too aggressively, you may want to look at ways to improve your psychological resiliency.

One of the purposes of the mind is to guide you, to warn you when things need to change, to protect you.  A strong healthy mind will do just that.

If there is too much anxiety, worry or mental chatter; or if your psychological resiliency is too low, you can end up with a mind that mentally paralyzes you, that intensifies physical symptoms and that actually creates symptoms.

Dr. Iva Lloyd has studied many different healing systems including Ayurvedic Medicine, Polarity Therapy, Neuro-linguistic programming, and is a board-certified Polarity Therapist and Educator and a Reiki Master. Dr. Lloyd is well published and is the author of three books: The History of Naturopathic Medicine, a Canadian PerspectiveThe Energetics of Health, a naturopathic assessment and Messages from the Body, a guide to the energetic of health She is the founder of Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic in Markham, Ontario, founder of ND Health Facts, and the President of the World Naturopathic Federation.


" A thought terminating cliché dismisses a problem with a simplistic answer, ending discussions, blocking questions, stopping thinking. Such clichés are easily memorized and easily used. They are sometimes called the “language of non-thought,” because that train of thought is derailed or blocked by the simplistic answer." - pinktruth.com