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(p. 43) Session 4: Thought-Challenging and Thought-Changing Skills 

(p. 43) Session 4: Thought-Challenging and Thought-Changing Skills
(p. 43) Session 4: Thought-Challenging and Thought-Changing Skills

Bryan D. Carter

, William G. Kronenberger

, and Eric L. Scott

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date: 03 April 2020

Session 4 builds on “Managing the Impact” coping skills by helping you learn to apply “Challenging Your Thoughts” skills to the stressful situations identified earlier and recorded on the “Thought-Changing Skills” Worksheet from the previous session. The goal of this session is to assist you in more accurately identifying those distortions in your assumptions, beliefs and thinking that underly distressful and uncomfortable emotions/feelings, which in turn can amplify unpleasant symptoms such as energy level and pain intensity. Common thinking errors such as hopelessness, catastrophic thinking, and mind reading are introduced and applied to your own identified automatic thoughts. This is followed by introducing strategies for challenging those often unsubstantiated and disabling thoughts that serve as barriers to setting goals, expectations, and motivation, which make it difficult to get your coping and lifestyle back on track.

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