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Posts Tagged ‘Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy’

The Healthy Challenge of Explaining Your Own Beliefs

If you can’t explain to others why you believe the things you do, then it’s unlikely you can explain your beliefs to yourself – and that’s not a good sign. It’s odd, but a lot of people seem to not know exactly what they believe until they are called upon to describe those beliefs and […]

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The Power of Self-fulfilling Beliefs And How They Really Work

In psychology, there is a concept known as a self-fulfilling prophecy which describes how certain beliefs can influence our actions in a way that makes those beliefs actually come true. It’s an example of the positive feedback loop between beliefs → behaviors → outcomes. The basic idea is that our beliefs have a real effect […]

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The Objective Therapist: How to Encourage Self-Analysis Through Conversation

When someone goes to see a therapist, what they are often looking for is someone who is an objective, outside listener who they can share all their thoughts and feelings with, without the fear of being judged. An objective therapist tries their best to deal with the facts or conditions that the patient is reporting, […]

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3 False Choices That Create Unnecessary Problems in Our Lives

A false choice is when we are presented a situation as having only two choices, when in fact other alternatives may be available to us. Often a false choice is a result of black and white thinking, in which we look at two extremes but don’t realize that the answer may be in a grey […]

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When You Should Do The Opposite of What You Feel

Emotions can be very useful when they guide us to act in helpful and constructive ways, but sometimes they can be misleading and dangerous. In certain situations, it’s better to disengage from our emotional instincts rather than act on them impulsively without questioning them or challenging them. One technique used to challenge these destructive emotions […]

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