Negative thoughts trigger negative feelings
“Men are disturbed not by things, but RATHER by the view OF which they take of them”.
CBT considers that it is our thoughts that create our feelings….
This is why 2 people can experience exactly the same life event or circumstance and YET have 2 completely different emotional reactions.
How is Anxiety Created?
Short answer….. we create it ourselves…. By our thinking and our beliefs.
In a real crisis or emergency, we do not have time to worry, we react instinctively, it is our mental processes that create anxiety, when we have time to forecast future events in a negative way.
In the same way that scripts for horror movies and books can be created by talented authors, we can create scary movies in our imagination!
BUT! They are JUST scary movies, they have NOT happened! We just lock onto “what if”!
ALL such scary movies, are made from a thinking distortion or a combination of thinking distortions.
What Are Thinking Distortions?
It is important to try to replace negative, distorted thoughts with positive, more realistic thoughts that can help you feel more at ease. Each time, you find yourself falling into one of the distortions above consider a positive thought that you could have used to make you feel better.
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