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Rumination – One Week Exercise

January 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Here’s an idea for a behavioral experiment for people who ruminate (passively & repeatedly think about the causes or consequences of problems without moving to active problem solving. Often involves self-criticism). Prep: If you have...

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The Benefits of Worrying (250 words)

August 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Often we do the things we do because of hidden payoffs. What’s a hidden payoff of worrying? Worrying protects us from having to do problem solving. Think about it…. If I said “Would you prefer...

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Procrastination / Avoidant Coping

August 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about how people do avoidant coping to avoid difficult thoughts and emotions getting triggered, or to escape from them once they are already occurring. I wrote that the first step to overcoming...

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Rumination

August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Rumination = the tendency to respond to distress by repetitively (and passively) focusing on the causes and consequences of your problems, without moving to active problem solving. Here's two questions I find help me: When I notice...

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Research into the psychological benefits of self-compassion is an emerging trend in psychology. I actually prefer the term self kindness. Self-compassion is about learning alternative responses when you are experiencing psychological suffering (suffering includes when...

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“Worst, Best, Most Realistic” is one of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques I often practice with clients. This Cognitive Behavioral Therapy technique is very versatile and simple. It can be used for a huge variety...

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In a previous post, I wrote about “If you aren’t willing to have anxiety, you will have it”. What this saying means is that the things people do to try to avoid experiencing anxiety-provoking thoughts...

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The Reassurance Seeking / Anxiety Trap

September 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Reassurance seeking is a common pattern in clients with high worry (e.g. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Attachment/Relationship anxiety) The “Reassurance Seeking / Anxiety Trap” is that reassurance often works in the short term but...

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Some days, everything is going well and I think I’m a great psychology PhD. Some days I think I am indeed awesome, lol. But, there are moments when it pops into my head that “I’m...

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