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Unformatted text preview: Cognitive Restructuring Chapter 8 Introduction to Effective Coping Techniques For any coping technique to be effective, it must do the following: Increase awareness of the problem Start information processing Modify behavior Work toward a peaceful resolution Interpretation and Perception The brain receives stimuli The brain processes (interprets) these stimuli and then Classifies (perceives) them as negative, neutral, or positive. Research suggests that.. Its not the actual circumstances that are stressful; Its how the individual interprets and/or perceives them. Negative perceptions can actually be harmful to the individuals mental and/or physical health. Cognitive Distortion The individual may distort or magnify his or her perceptions out of all proportion to reality (making mountains out of molehills) Examples? This is called cognitive distortion. It turns everyday problems into dragons and demons (and not in a cool way)....
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