Someone compliments you and you think, "They don't mean it."
Something good happens and you hear, "I don't deserve this."
You're meeting new people and it's "They won't like me."
And you usually accept those words because they're coming from inside your head.
These are called "automatic thoughts." And they suck.
Cognitive therapy - suggests that the individual's problems are derived largely from certain distortions of reality based on erroneous premises and assumptions.
Next time you react to something with an inappropriate level of sadness, anxiety or fear - just freeze. Stop. Rewind the tape of what just transpired in your head and ask yourself:
"How true is this?"
We aren't going to blindly let them run the show anymore. They're gonna get their day in court.
Time to play prosecutor. If we're going to let this thought determine our happiness, it better have a lot of evidence behind it that will stand up in court.
Reflect on some thought pattern that has been recurring recently. Now take it to court.
You will discover that most of the time the anxiety you create is illusory like Mark Twain famously said:
"I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened."
~ Peace out, beautiful human ~