10 Cognitive Distortions

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Both David Burns (bestselling author of “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” and Abraham Low (founder of Recovery, Inc.) teach techniques to analyze negative thoughts (or identify distorted thinking — what psychologists call “cognitive distortions”) so to be able to disarm and defeat them. This is one of the major precepts of cognitive behavioral therapy. Since Low’s […]

Throw Away Your Thoughts — Literally

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A new study from Ohio State University and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, and published in Psychological Study found that when a person writes an unwanted thought down on paper and throws the paper away, he or she mentally discards the thought. Conversely, when a person writes down a thought and puts the paper in his or […]

Throw Away Your Thoughts … Literally

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A new study from Ohio State University and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, and published in Psychological Study found that when a person writes an unwanted thought down on paper and throws the paper away, he or she mentally discards the thought. Conversely, when a person writes down a thought and puts the paper in his or […]

5 Kinds of Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapy has been proven effective to treat persons with mild to moderate depression, and, combined with medication, is used to treat chronic or severe mood disorders. Although most people lump all forms of psychotherapy together under the umbrella term of “counseling,” the types of talk therapy vary quite a bit, and are used to meet […]

An Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective form of therapy that aims to help a person recognize negative patterns of thought, evaluate them, and replace them with accurate or healthier ways of thinking. CBT also addresses patterns of behavior that result from distorted thinking. This kind of therapy is based on the assumption that faulty […]

Video: My Self-Esteem File

I’ve mentioned my self-esteem file in previous posts. Of all my weapons employed in the war against negative thinking, this simple exercise is among the most effective and easiest. So start one. Now. Follow these directions: 1) Get a folder (this might require driving to Rite Aid), and write the words “self-esteem file” on the […]

5 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

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(Image by Stephen Webster/Wall Street Journal) Health Journal columnist Melinda Beck penned an amazingly accurate and helpful article in the Wall Street Journal about the self-criticism that so often accompanies depression and anxiety. Not only was I delighted that she approached such a difficult and complicated aspect of our illness with compassion and insight, but I was […]

Make a Self-Esteem File

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What is a self-esteem file? The first thing that I would grab–okay, after the kids–if our house were to catch on fire: a simple manila folder containing letters I commissioned from folks on why they like me, hang out with me, even admire me. Because I’m not one of those people who can simply look […]