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! The Survey Method
! Ask other people what they think about your
thoughts/attitudes ! The Semantic Method
! Use less emotionally-loaded language; good to
alter “should” statements
! E.g., “I shouldn’t have made that mistake!” versus
“It would have been better if I didn’t make that
mistake.” Undoing Cognitive Distortions
! Cost-Benefit Analysis
Old Belief: If I have a panic attack at work, everyone will
think I’m crazy. Therefore, I don’t want to go to work
Benefits Costs Won’t have to worry about having
an attack May lose my job and have no
income Won’t have to worry about what
people think Will miss out on social interactions
Will restrict my freedom
I might get bored at home New belief: Most people are more concerned about
themselves than watching my every move, so work won’t
be so bad even if I do experience anxiety symptoms....
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2014 for the course PSYC 100 taught by Professor All during the Fall '08 term at Queens University.
- Fall '08