At today’s group we looked at our thought processes and how we can believe what our thoughts are even though they are not factually accurate. When we have unhelpful thoughts it can lead us into feelings of; paranoia, anxiety, self-criticism, fear, helplessness and worthlessness.
Believing that something or someone can only be good or bad, right or wrong, rather than inbetween or shades of grey. Adopting this thinking style can put so much pressure on us and leave us thinking we are either excellent or terrible with no leeway in between.
Memories can play a part in the way we think. Current situations and events can trigger upsetting memories leading us to feel as if the danger is here and now, rather than in the past.
- This can cause distress right now.
- This is just a reminder of the past.
- That was then, and this is now.
Even though the memory makes you feel upset, it’s not actually happening right now.
While using CBT tools group members were able to look at and challenge their thoughts and beliefs and to come up with a more rational and healthy way to deal with issues.