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Over the past several days, I’ve received a number of calls and emails asking when the rest of my cognitive therapy series will be posted. I’m really pleased to hear that folks are enjoying the first podcast, and I promise you there’s much more to come. For now, we’re at the mercy of the production company to polish off and post the shows I taped last spring. In the meantime, here’s some food for thought.

I saw a great bumper sticker today that read, “DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK.” How wonderful! I couldn’t have said it better. That really is the basic idea of cognitive therapy—you feel the way you think, and just because you think it, that doesn’t mean it’s true.

Take a close look at the destructive and defeating beliefs you hold about yourself, your world and your future. Notice the uncomfortable emotions that these thoughts generate. Now remind yourself that feelings aren’t fact, and that your negative thoughts are often just made-up stories that have no real basis in reality.

In the future, I’ll help you explore where your negative thought patterns and self-defeating beliefs come from. For now, just remember that you can change your mind as easily as you change your socks, and when you do, your mood is apt to shift. When you find yourself being pessimistic or critical, remember that you don’t have to buy into the thoughts that make you anxious or unhappy. You can simply recognize your thoughts as ideas, not realities. Don’t believe everything you think!

By Dr. Marla Cohen 12/22/2006 05:41 AM

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