Doing the opposite of your emotional urges

There are good reasons for feeling whatever it is you feel. Even when they are painful, your emotions are legitimate and valid. The larger problem is emotion-driven behavior, because acting on emotions often creates destructive outcomes. Letting anger drive you to attack with words can disrupt your relationships. Letting fear…

Emotion exposure

Facing your emotions instead of avoiding them is a major goal of DBT. Step 1: begin keeping an Emotion Log so you can become more aware of specific emotional events and how you cope with them Under event, write down what precipitated your feeling. Triggering events could be internal-a thought,…

Advanced emotion regulation skills

Being mindful of your emotions without judgement Emotion exposure Doing the opposite of your emotional urges Problem solving You have learned how to recognize and describe your emotions. Now, in this chapter, emotion exposure will further help you practice two very important things. First, you will learn to observe the…

Rediscover your values

The word "values" can be defined as your ethics, principles, ideals, standards, or morals. These are literally the ideas, concepts, and actions that fill your life with worth and importance. Remembering what you value in life can be a very powerful way to help you tolerate a stressful situations. It…

Cue-controlled relaxation

Cue-controlled relaxation is a quick and easy technique that will help you reduce your stress level and muscle tension. A cue is a trigger or command that helps you relax. In this case, your cue will be a word, like "relax" or "peace" The goal of this technique is to…

Outbreak: On transgender teens and psychic epidemic

By Lisa Marchiano https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00332925.2017.1350804 Having lived through both World Wars, Jung was aware of the dangers of what he termed psychic epidemic. He discussed the spontaneous manifestation of an archetype within collective life as indicative of a critical time during which there is a serious risk of a destructive psychic…

An overview of DBT

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health…

Sunless skies worsen OCD

Sunless skies can bring down a person's mood and decrease motivation, but do they also have an impact on the severity of obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms? A recent study suggests that indeed they do, and it explains why that might be. Individuals diagnosed with OCD experience obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors-hense…