– think about your thinking – consider and discuss the following diagrams to link thoughts and feelings and behaviours :
An example ABC showing how stress can cause dramatic distorted thinking, which can in turn cause dramatic distorted feelings and behaviours – do you do this in some situations?
Use the following form template outline to track your own distorted thinking and the feelings and behaviours it could cause:
What is the evidence for this thought?
Is there any evidence against this thought?
Am I getting things out of proportion?
Is that a bit dramatic and unhelpful?
How does accepting these thoughts and beliefs make me feel and behave?
Has thinking this way been helpful in life so far, or a poison?
What would I advise my best friend if they were thinking this way?
What is the rational calm alternative view of this situation?
What is it more true to say?
Okay – you have your basic tools, go for it……
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