Book Review: Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts by John & Elizabeth McIntosh

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10-19-2014 7-39-40 PMTitle: Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts
Author: John & Elizabeth McIntosh
Publisher: GP Mx Solutions P/L
Pages: 283
Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help
Format: Paperback

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Doctor John McIntosh and Rev. Elizabeth McIntosh, authors of an important new book, MASTERING NEGATIVE IMPULSIVE THOUGHTS, use “nits” as both an acronym for their book’s title and as an analogy for the clearly unhealthy effects of negative thinking. 

“Negative thoughts occur impulsively, so that is why they are Negative Impulsive Thoughts, or NITs, for short,” the authors say. “The nice analogy is that nits are also head lice and both (nits and NITs) are irritating, contagious, hard to recognize, hard to eliminate, breed fast, and spread like an epidemic.” 

Unlike other, similar books that claim to have a magic route to happiness and health, MASTERING NEGATIVE IMPULSIVE THOUGHTS is based on solid clinical research, say the authors, who together have extensive experience in general medicine, medical research, and holistic health/wellness practices.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts is a self help book that explains how to change your life by changing the way you think. According to Dr. John and Elizabeth McIntosh, you are completely responsible for your own life and where you are now. I agree with this 100%.

Of course, there are terrible events that you can’t control but you can control your response to them. A good example of this is after the May 2011 tornado in Joplin. We lost our store and so many people told us how sorry they were and that they’d be devastated. My husband’s response every time was that it was only “stuff,” that no one was hurt, and we still had a home to go to which many people no longer had. His response could have been negative but his positive response helped make that period of time easier for our family to deal with.

This book offers questions you can ask yourself to identify NITs and action on how to change them to positive thoughts. It even has a chart on suggestions of how to change them. It also explains how to deal with NITs in all aspects of life.

I have always believed that we can control our lives with our thoughts so I recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to learn to be happier with their lives.

About the Authors:

10-19-2014 6-02-13 PMDoctor H. John McIntosh is known as the “Medical Guru” through his columns and media presence.  He was educated as a medical doctor in Scotland. He received a general medical degree from Dundee University Medical School in 1984 and moved to Australia in 1993. He received his Specialist Physician qualification in 1988 from the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and specialist Family Physician qualifications in 1990 from the Royal College of General Practitioners. Other certifications include: Approved Trainer of medical students, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; James Cook University Medical School, Central Queensland University; Trainer of Cognitive Institute programs, Cognitive Institute of Australia; Approved Trainer of sports medicine first aid courses, Sports Medicine, Australia; and Approved Allergan Cosmetic Injector training and trainer of injectors (doctors and nurses). Dr. McIntosh was the driving force in the building of the Mackay GP Superclinic. In 2013, his medical clinics were awarded the national AGPAL Community Engagement Award for outstanding level of commitment and involvement of the community and won a finalist award in the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards.


10-19-2014 6-01-54 PMRev. Elizabeth McIntosh is known as the “Positivity Expert” from her life’s work and research in the field. She trained as a life and wellness coach; certified personal fitness trainer under Ken Ware, Mr. Universe of 1994; counselor, hypnotherapist, meditation and yoga teacher; and spa trainer. She is a Reiki master Levels 1, 2 and 3, and a Reiki Master Trainer. She holds a BMSc in Metaphysics from the University of Sedona and the University of Metaphysics, and is an ordained minister through the University of Metaphysics. She runs retreats at her resort in Bali and has produced a series of CDs on health, relaxation, and success, and a TV documentary series, as well as being a magazine columnist and radio talkback presenter.


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