In my last post, I wrote about how our experiences with depression are influenced by our beliefs. In this post, I will write about a former patient of mine who I initially treated for poor anger management,and how by helping him to stop overreacting to his negative and uncomfortable feelings, he was able to identify irrational beliefs he had been holding unto, and replace them with more pragmatic and healthier beliefs.
Your goal is to acknowledge these feelings without overreacting to them. So if you feel hurt, in a separate column next to your feelings of hurt, you write down what you believe has caused you to feel hurt.
This is not a solution focused exercise, but rather an exercise on awareness.