Most of the time, the thoughts that come into our mind seem automatic. We don’t have a sense of choosing them.
But therapists have found that using certain techniques and exercises can actually change how we think over time. It's incredible to see how we can use this understanding to become happier, more optimistic, and resilient.
This approach can seem a bit contrived, and I’ve had several clients over the years who have initially questioned it (and been put off by the amount of time you need to put in). And I agree that it is only one tool of many in the therapeutic process. But it is a powerful tool.
And if you practice it and start to see the effects, you will likely report back that it changes you for the better. Permanently.
This approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
When I work with clients using these techniques, I use an individualized and simplified approach. Yet it can be helpful to understand the larger picture of what CBT is.
To find out more about CBT, check these out.
You can find a good explanation and resources here:
David Burns Ted Talk:
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