Anonymous asked in Social SciencePsychology · 4 weeks ago

What is the benefit of cognitive distortions exercise during therapy?

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    I think you mean cognitive dissonance. In cognitive-behavioral therapy being in a state of cognitive dissonance, you know that your old way of thinking isn't 100% right, but you are not convinced of the alternative. It can be uncomfortable because things don't feel quite right. This is a good sign that things are changing.  

    CBT therapists call this disconnection the head-to -heart problem. Basically, in your head an argument is true but you don't feel it in your heart.  A good example is when someone spends years believing they are less worthy than others, or that you have a strong need for the approval of others to determine your self-worth. 

    After years of this negative thinking, you resist an alternative belief that you are just as worthy as everyone else.

    Alternative beliefs are usually about three areas --yourself, other people and the world view. When you experience head to heart problems all you have to do is act as if you believe the new belief is true. The rationale is when you act in accordance with a new way of thinking you reinforce that belief.

     In essence, you are rewiring your brain to think in a more positive and realist way.  Even if it seems silly or you think it is wishfully thinking to give it a try. It really works and you will soon feel more confident and happy. That is the benefit. 

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