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The core beliefs that cause the most common problems fall into the following 3 categories. These core beliefs commonly underlie depression and anxiety. Helpless Core Beliefs such as: “I’m incompetent” “I’m needy” “I’m weak” “I’m...

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Are you a clinician looking to master CBT for Perfectionism? Or, learn more about the CBT model of perfectionism below. CBT Model of Perfectionism Perfectionism is not the same thing as conscientiousness. For example, in...

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Although common ‘disorders’ (e.g., eating disorders, anxiety, and depression) look different on the surface, there are some common underlying mechanisms. One of these is checking. I’m going to go explain the role of checking in...

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7 Tips for Not Personalizing

October 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you want more tips for not overly personalizing events, comments and actions, and decreasing rumination, you’ll find heaps of simple, practical solutions in , especially in chapter 5 (rumination) and chapter 7 (fear of...

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5 Tips for Irritability

October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Try these 5 quick tips when you’re feeling grumpy and irritable. 1. Do some kind of mindfulness practice. Try this or any of these. Learn enough about the philosophy of mindfulness meditation that you know...

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Changing Your Cognitive Style

September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

I mentioned on FB yesterday how much my cognitive style has changed as a result of my psychology training. One of the readers asked me to say more about how it had changed, so here’s...

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This is for my kiwi readers – it’s freezing here at the moment! I got the idea to write this from an interview I did for the NZ Herald about weight gain during winter. 1....

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Common advice is to minimize stress, but here are five types of stress that can help create a meaningful life. Read More STRESS 5 Types of Good Stress By Alice Boyes, Ph.D. Click to read...

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1. Do something “perspective expanding” either in terms of time or space. Examples: Time: look into the eyes of someone alive in the 1400s by visiting an art gallery. Space: A walk/coffee somewhere with an...

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Ask your partner to answer True/False to this relationships quiz. It’s their perception that’s important rather than your view of whether their answer is justified. Yes you do want to know what they really think!...

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