A number of years ago when I was first diagnosed with social phobia I did Cognitive Behavioural Therapy( CBT) with my psychologist.
Each day for nearly a year I would sit down at the end of the day and write down whatever negative thoughts had plagued me during the day , rate how they built me feel, list the cognitive aberration, perform a rational analysis of it and then write off how I feel after the rational analysis. By the time I stopped working with that psychologist I still pretty much felt just as bad as when I started. The reason I stopped with them was I still at university and they were a trainee from the universities developing program and they graduated.
I guess their own problems I encountered with the therapy was that I only didn’t believe the rational arguments. They built sense to me and seemed more logical than my own distorted thinking, but I still only didn’t believe them anyway.
A few months ago I picked up a volume called ” Feel Good Handbooks” by Dr David Burns. This convinced me to maybe try again 😛 TAGEND
The first time I did CBT I waited till the end of the day to list the thoughts I remembered and go through the technique. But I get the impression it is better to deal with the thoughts as they come, because it teaches you to pay attention to your thinking, so you can teach yourself to automatically deal with the thoughts as they occur. Could this have been a reason it didn’t work before?
In addition I have been thinking about how it would work if despite inducing rational sense I still don’t believe the thoughts. Is it that if you tell yourself something enough times you believe it?
Can anyone identify anything else I could do differently?
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