Dangers of Assigning Meaning To Thoughts
Thoughts pass through our heads all day long: “I wonder what I should wear today….Same old breakfast again….I look fat…He hasn’t called, he must not love me…The driver in front of me right now is deliberately being an idiot!”
The thing about thoughts is that they are not always facts, but we often give them undue power by responding to them as if they are. In this video, Debbie from HealingFromBPD.org discusses thoughts and the potential dangers of assigning meaning to them when we don’t have facts to support our assumptions. Also discussed are skillful strategies for effectively coping with thoughts — especially the more troublesome variety.
Can you relate to getting caught up in assigning meaning to your thoughts?
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, . (2013). Dangers of Assigning Meaning To Thoughts. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 16, 2017, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/be-the-change/2013/04/dangers-of-assigning-meaning-to-thoughts/