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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Tricks of the Mind

In this post, Dr David Burns discusses the last three of 10 cognitive distortions - i.e. tricks of the mind/thought patterns that can draw us into an unbalanced emotional state: 'Should Statements' 'Labelling' and 'Blame'. To find out more, click on the link below:

3 Final Cognitive Distortions

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Straightening Your Thinking

Following last week's discussion by Dr David Burns of 4 common thought distortions, click on the link below for his discussion of 3 further patterns of thinking that can create emotional difficulties: Jumping to Conclusions, Mangification/Minimization and Emotional Reasoning:

 3 More Cognitive Distortions

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

4 Thought Distortions

Click on the link below to listen to a podcast by Dr David Burns discussing four common thought distortions: All-or-Nothing Thinking, Overgeneralization, Mental Filter, and Discounting the Positive (which I mentioned previously in my Blog Post of 18 August):

 4 Cognitive Distortions

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Focusing on Creativity

In her famous book The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron says "It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity" (this is Principle No.9 of her "Basic Principles"). This may or may not be true. However, it has prompted me to suggest an exercise for you for this week:

1. In what ways do you think that you are creative? - You can use as broad an understanding of 'creativity' as you like, it doesn't need to be as an artist, writer, musician, actor etc (though it can be), it might be as a parent, or friend or in some way in work or in any other activities that you do.
2. Do you enjoy/value that creativity?
3. In the next week, commit yourself to increasing your use of/focus on that aspect of creativity even if only slightly or on one occasion (more is fine too).
4. At the end of the week assess how you feel after having increased your use of/focus on your creativity and decide whether you might want to continue to increase that focus and if so how you can commit to it.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tips for Procrastinators

If you have a tendency to put things off then sometimes the advice Just Do It can work. However, if that doesn't work for you try motivating yourself by adopting some of the suggestions at the web page below:

Action Checklist for Procrastinators

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