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Re: A boost when your medications aren't working 1

Posted by TaiChi2 on July 1, 2006, at 6:29:08 [reposted on July 2, 2006, at 2:58:16 | original URL]

In reply to Re: A boost when your medications aren't working 1, posted by fca on June 30, 2006, at 17:22:54

There is one subtle aspect of the rubber band technique. It's not about punishing yourself for having a negative or irrational thought. It is simply noting that such a thought has occurred. This is actually similar to a Buddhist meditation practice (called "noting"). Noting is nonjudgmental.

When I snap the rubber band, I don't do it to cause any pain. It's like I'm using a counter-- there's another distorted thought, etc.

I like the technique because it gets me out of the interminable loop of argument, counter-argument that characterized my experience of conventional cognitive therapy.

Simply noting when each distorted thought occurs somehow seems to diminish them. I'm not even sure I know why.




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