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Thoughts & their Fundamental Role in Our Reality


 In therapy, the role of thoughts is a fundamental aspect of cognitive-behavioral approaches, which aim to understand how our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors. 

Here’s how a therapeutic perspective on the role of thoughts might be approached:

1. Cognitive Restructuring: Therapists often employ cognitive restructuring techniques to help clients identify and challenge negative or distorted thoughts. By examining the evidence for and against these thoughts, clients can learn to replace them with more accurate and balanced perspectives. This process can lead to a reduction in negative emotions and behaviors associated with maladaptive thought patterns.

2. Mindfulness-Based Approaches: Mindfulness-based therapies, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), emphasize the importance of observing thoughts without judgment. Through mindfulness practices, clients learn to become aware of their thoughts as passing events in the mind, rather than absolute truths. This awareness allows clients to respond to their thoughts more skillfully, rather than reacting impulsively.

3. Narrative Therapy: In narrative therapy, the therapist helps clients examine the stories they tell themselves about their lives and identities. By exploring the narratives that shape their experiences, clients can gain insight into how their thoughts influence their sense of self and their relationships with others. Through this process, clients may discover new, more empowering narratives that promote growth and resilience.

4. Schema Therapy: Schema therapy focuses on identifying and challenging deeply ingrained patterns of thought and behavior known as schemas. These schemas often develop in childhood in response to unmet emotional needs or negative experiences. Through schema therapy, clients learn to recognize and reframe these maladaptive schemas, leading to improved emotional well-being and healthier relationships.

5. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT encourages clients to develop mindfulness skills and acceptance of their thoughts and emotions, even when they are painful or distressing. Rather than trying to change or control their thoughts, clients learn to make space for them and take values-based action in alignment with their goals and aspirations. This approach can help clients reduce the impact of negative thoughts on their behavior and overall well-being.

6. CONCLUSION: Overall, from a therapeutic perspective, thoughts are seen as powerful influencers of emotions and behaviors. By gaining awareness of their thoughts and learning to challenge or accept them skillfully, clients can cultivate greater psychological flexibility and resilience, leading to improved mental health and quality of life.

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Having spent my life years in work profiles ranging from being crew for an international airline to enjoying a brief teacher/ trainer stint in educational institutions, I chose to spend a major portion of my life being a stay at home parent. I have always been intrigued by the diversity in human nature and perceptions for which I pursued M.A (Clinical Psychology) and followed it up by an elaborately structured course in Cognitive Hypnosis and Psychotherapy at ICHARS. My introspections over the last couple of years or more have enlightened and empowered me on an individual level which I am consciously enabling others to experience as well with success. Looking forward to being a 'Clarity Catalyst Coach Cum Therapist' and Chancing upon a 'Conscious Change by Choice'.

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