The Pattern

1. Identify the cognitive distortions in a presentation of a difficulty or limitation. Use the list in Figure 8.3 to check for cognitive distortions. Specify all of the ones that create problems and difficulties for you or another person.

2. Check out the cognitive distortion by reflecting it back to the person. "It sounds as though the way you have thought about this involves awfuli/ing. Does it seem accurate as you step back from it and examine it?" "How would you characterize this pattern of thought?"

3. Invite the thinker/processor to a nieta-position. Does this pattern of thinking reflect one that you (or I) typically use? How long have you used this cognitive distortion in sorting through things? Has it served you well? In what way? In what way may it have undermined your sense of well-being and accurate processing? What more useful way of processing this information would you like to use?

4. Challenge and dispute the distortion. Argue against personalizing, awfulizing, should-ing, etc. By identifying and arguing against these cognitive patterns, we bring them out into the light where we can deal with them. This breaks their power of working outside our consciousness.

5. Replace the cognitive distortions with some empowering thinking patterns. Use Figure 8.4 to prompt you with some of these more enhancing ways of thinking.

Hypnotism and Self Hypnosis v2

Hypnotism and Self Hypnosis v2

HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Learn more within this guide.

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