Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”
“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
– Mark Twain
We have discussed common things (i.e., cognitive distortions) we think or tell ourselves that just ain’t so in our article on Language & Recovery.
1. Exaggerating demands of the situation
2. Minimize the available psychosocial resources
WHEN SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU STARTS ASKING YOU QUESTIONS, YOU OFTEN KNOW WHERE THEY’RE GOING WITH THEIR QUESTIONS.
1. What is the evidence for my thought?
2. What alternative views are there?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages to this way of thinking?
4. What logical errors am I making?
1. In what way is this belief unreasonable?
2. In what way is the belief unhelpful?
3. Where did the belief come from?
4.What would be a more moderate alternative belief that would confer the advantages of the maladaptive belief without its disadvantages?