Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rule One For Defeating #Anxiety, #Depression, #Addiction, #Self-Esteem Issues

Experience gained from my 30+ years in practice as a cognitive-behavioral psychologist shows that with the right tools people readily learn to elevate and maintain emotional well-being and happiness. 

At the Think Right Feel Right Blogoscope you will find the behavioral tools and techniques that help to ward off anxiety, depression and addiction. You will learn about ways to defeat troubling emotions such as anger, worry and sadness. You will also find practical strategies for increasing self-esteem, positivity and for being a happier you.

Rule One For Changing Behavior:  Change is only possible for those who believe they can change.  This idea may seem trivial ...  "I have heard this kind of stuff before," etc.  It is not trivial.  Listen again: Change is only possible when we believe we can change.  If we don't think we can change, we don't.  

Thoughts govern how we feel, what we do, and what we don't do.  I reach for my keys,  only if I think they will open the door.  I feel worried if I think I lost my wallet.  I am elated if I believe I won the lottery.  I may join the choir if I think "it would be really nice," or " it's something I always wanted to do."  If I think, "I am probably not good enough for the choir," I may not try.  What we think is what we get.

If you want to get off to a good start with behavior change, carefully notice how you are thinking about it.  Open the door for change by pushing doubt aside and giving it a real go.  Remember, if changing our thinking and behavior was really all that difficult, we wouldn't bother to build schools in the first place.  There are many good behavioral tools and techniques that promote real emotional growth.  So, change is always possible for those who are willing to give it a go.  Keeping this thought in mind is rule one.

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