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Re: Distress tolerance - Pros and Cons

Posted by sunnydays on August 15, 2009, at 22:23:37

In reply to Re: Distress tolerance, posted by Angela2 on August 15, 2009, at 21:14:45

This is all still from the same book, "Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder" by Marsha Linehan. Again, try it out, see if it works for you - if it doesn't or if you know it won't work for you, then don't do it. It's just something I'm posting because it seems to be helping at least a few people.

Thinking of Pros and Cons

Make a list of the pros and cons of tolerating the distress. Make another list of the pros and cons of not tolerating the distress - that is, of coping by hurting yourself, abusing alcohol or drugs, or doing something else impulsive.

Focus on long-term goals, the light at the end of the tunnel. Remember times when pain has ended.

Think of the positive consequences of tolerating the distress. Imagine in your mind how good you will feel if you achieve your goals, if you don't act impulsively.

Think of all of the negative consequences of not tolerating your current distress. Remember what has happened in the past when you have acted impulsively to escape the moment.




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