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accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative

Focus on the positive rather than the negative. If you're feeling down, try to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. Focus on the good things in your life!

eliminate (someone or something) from (something)

To remove or take someone or something away from something. A loss tonight would eliminate my team from the playoffs. We need to eliminate all dairy from this recipe because Jim is a vegan.
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eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive

Focus on the positive rather than the negative. If you're feeling down, try to eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive. Focus on the good things in your life!


slang Murdered. Ray eliminated the informant, just as the boss told him to.
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eliminate someone or something from something

to remove someone or something from something. We had to eliminate Jeff from the list. The cook eliminated veal from the menu. She sought to eliminate herself from consideration.
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1. mod. killed. When Frank is eliminated, there will be no competition.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. How can anybody get eliminated on four beers?
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Therefore, it can be assumed that the correct inference consists of: enumerative and eliminative induction and deduction; and the incorrect inference consists of analogy, incomplete induction and reduction (14).
Still, his ultimate hypothesis, that Shakespearean thinking can literally change the structure of the brain, shows that a cognitive literary criticism not subject to the demands of "eliminative materialism" is possible.
According to one of the hypotheses advanced, opposed by Libet but supported by others (in particular by the sociopsychologist Daniel Wegner, and before him by the school of eliminative materialism, according to which conscious experience is illusory or epiphenomenal in its totality), this result demonstrates precisely that the mind is "out of the loop" in which real decisions are taken--which are cerebral events registered on the electroencephalogram.
Plantinga does not argue for this premise as well--he seems to be taking its denial to be crazy--although, of course, eliminative materialists deny it.
The CCP approach assists clients in noticing operations of the mind, acknowledging and accepting them rather than trying to change or combat the mind's content: "Unlike with 'eliminative' methods, the objective is not to directly banish troublesome thoughts or extinguish unwanted behaviors.
There are different types of reductionism; explanative, ontological, eliminative, logical, descriptive, etc.
Science has progressed by systematically replacing substance essentialism with dynamical and relational accounts, but substantialism remains the tacit assumption in eliminative materialism.
130-135) the distinction between an epistemic and an ontic form of structural realism amounts to establishing a difference between a restrictive structural realism (RSR), according to which there is something other than structure in the world which cannot be known, and an eliminative structural realism (ESR), the view that there is nothing other than structure in the world, i.e.
Emerging "third-wave" behavior therapies concentrate on the "construction of broad, flexible, and effective repertoires over an eliminative approach to narrowly defined problems" (Hayes, 2004.
This places a heavy burden upon the other eliminative organs of the body, such as the kidneys, skin and lungs.
These eliminative organs work continuously for us without a single break and often come under pressure through eating processed foods and living stressful lifestyles.
The questions' eliminative character didn't stop over 400 respondents from answering an informal survey on Facebook, attesting to a persisting interest in classical music.
Selection of the microbial source for pectinase production depends on several features, such as the type of culture (solid-state or submerged fermentation), number and type of the produced pectinases (esterases, hydrolytic depolymerases and eliminative depolymerases), pH and thermal stability of the enzymes [1,10-13].
In its most extreme forms, Strategy A can rationalise 'the eliminative ideal' (Rutherford 1997)--the idea that troublesome people can be made to go away.