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Values Clarification Worksheet - ACT Skills

Values Clarification Worksheet - ACT Skills | Mental Health Therapy and Counseling | Scoop.it
Values can be described as compass bearings for life. They assist in providing guidance and direction towards those things that are important to us. Below you will find a list of areas that most people find important in their lives.
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Random Acts of Coolness

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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, May 5, 2014 4:59 AM

Imagine knowing your mistake has just cost your boss a fortune and he says, 'shit happens' and that's it. Hard to image really.

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Rewiring Your Brain

Too bad we're not taught emotional resilience as a way to fight of depression when we're children..If we were, we would have spared ourselves a lot of grief.


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Rewiring Your Brain


How many times have we caught ourselves thinking things like, How could I be so stupid, or Ahh! This will never work?
Actually, our childhood is riddled with these thoughts and we grow up to believe what our minds tell us simply because we didn't have a system to refute these thoughts when they weren't based on facts. Nevertheless, it's never too late because the mind is a funny thing..It can be retrained..

It's been known for some time that our thoughts influence our emotions. Studies show that there are a lot of people out there who have negative distortions of themselves or exhibit dysfunctional thought patterns..

Take for example, a client of mine who was overcome with guilt because although she remained by her sick mother's bedside diligently, her mother died when she happened to be running some personal errands..The daughter told herself, I must be a rotten daughter. Her emotional reasoning led her to this guilty thought and depression. It never occurred to her to question her reasoning.


Questioning her in treatment, she was able to recognize that it was an unfortunate circumstance that her mother died when she was absent. However, she was a devoted and loving daughter. Consequently, she was able to grieve for her mother free of her cognitive distortion that she was a rotten daughter.

How your thoughts and you interact can cause different feelings when disappointing things happen. A study was done in a school with 10-year-olds. The children were given a cartoon of an angry coach talking to a children's team. The coach was pointing to a score of zero and looking down on the young players and scolding them.

There's a thought bubble on top of each child's head. Researchers asked the children to write in what he or she thought the kid in the cartoon was thinking – and then draw an arrow to the feeling that they think is connected to this belief.

One thought bubble said, “ Why is he so mean to me, his screaming makes me want to cry?” In other words, the coach's anger felt like a personal attack, and she drew an arrow to sadness.

Another boy's thought bubble read, “ Man, we lost, we let the coach down. We're the worst team ever.” Another example of a kid taking it on himself and feeling bad.

A third child's interpretation was as follows: “ I won't be mad. Next time I will be better. The coach could be mad, so what! Next time we'll do better.” This child realized that the situation wasn't permanent. And he drew an arrow to the feeling hopeful.

So, we have three different interpretations leading to different emotional reactions.

You often get immediate relief when you look at your thoughts on paper. You can test your thoughts to see if they're dysfunctional by asking yourself:

Why am I thinking these things?

What is the evidence supporting this idea? What is the evidence against this idea?

Is there an alternative explanation or viewpoint? What is the effect of my believing this thought?

What can I do to change my mind? What would I tell a friend if he or she were in the same situation? What is the most realistic outcome or explanation?

This type of Socratic questioning can build emotional resilience to fight o

ff certain types of depression. It's basically learning how to rewire your brain.

It's too bad that we're not taught emotional resilience as a way to fight depression when we're children. If we were, we could have spared ourselves a lot of grief.

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Couples Therapy

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Alyssa Siegel reminds us that relationships are never perfect and maintenance, such as couples therapy, is always necessary.
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6 Things to Say to Someone with Depression or Who's Depressed ...

6 Things to Say to Someone with Depression or Who's Depressed ... | Mental Health Therapy and Counseling | Scoop.it
He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992.
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Are children given too many toys?

Are children given too many toys? | Mental Health Therapy and Counseling | Scoop.it

"...According to James, toys that pre-determine play - and this is especially true of merchandising - offer limited possibilities for fun. So while Buzz Lightyear can only ever be a space ranger, a doll might become a hungry baby, a tea party guest - or a space ranger - depending on the child's desires.
 

These prescriptive toys could even be damaging, says James. "Young children discover their identity through fantasy play. If their toys offer a limited repertoire, this process is eroded."
 

It is the "play value" that is most important, says Liat Hughes Joshi, author of Raising Children: the Primary Years. "There are enormous benefits to toys - they bring joy, creativity and learning."

She sees three factors that make a brilliant toy: "Social value - a dolls' house allows children to play together, versatility - Lego bricks can be made into anything, and durability - such as a wooden train track that the child will use for years."


But James says it's even better for children to "colonise objects". A quick glance into the bedroom shows me that my two have recently colonised my baking trays (drums), towels and pegs (den) and a large plastic storage box (my son's ark, decorated with a portrait of God). It also explains their fascination with sticks, the Swiss Army knife of the imaginary world..."

 

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10 Surefire Ways To Turn A Small Fight Into A Big One

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It's no secret. Couples have fights. But not all fights are created equal. Some start small and stay small while others pick up steam as they go and leave a mess in their wake. And the difference i...
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US to require insurers to cover mental health, addiction same as physical illness

US to require insurers to cover mental health, addiction same as physical illness | Mental Health Therapy and Counseling | Scoop.it
The Obama administration will require insurers to cover mental health and addiction just as they cover physical illnesses.
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Jerusalem Syndrome: Why Some Religious Tourists Believe They Are the Messiah

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Jerusalem Syndrome.... If you are thinking of visiting the Holy City then beware, as a trip to this sacred place can lead to the onset of psychosis and the belief that you are the Messiah… The Syndrome affects between 50 to 100 tourists a year,...
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The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

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'Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity'.
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How Do Bipolar Medications Work?

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Find out how several popular bipolar medications affect your brain with this free, interactive 3D tool.
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The Insomnia Treatment That Could Cut Health Care Costs

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Cognitive behavioral therapy isn't just a drug-free way to treat insomnia -- it could also do your wallet a favor.
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» How to Use a Thought Diary - World of Psychology

» How to Use a Thought Diary - World of Psychology | Mental Health Therapy and Counseling | Scoop.it
Many psychologists and therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy to treat a variety of mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating
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Your body language shapes who you are

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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

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Fake it until you become it!

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» Three Lessons Learned From Studies of Success - Neuroscience and Relationships

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15 Things That Emotionally Strong People Don't Do | Elite Daily

15 Things That Emotionally Strong People Don't Do | Elite Daily | Mental Health Therapy and Counseling | Scoop.it
Emotionally strong individuals do what they do because they love doing it.
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Why Making Comparisons Hurts You More Than It Helps - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Why Making Comparisons Hurts You More Than It Helps - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Mental Health Therapy and Counseling | Scoop.it
PsychCentral.com (blog) Why Making Comparisons Hurts You More Than It Helps PsychCentral.com (blog) Kristin holds a degree in Psychology from the University of WA, and is on the road towards an MACP (Master's in Counseling Psychology).
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10 Surefire Ways To Turn A Small Fight Into A Big One

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Speaking more than one language may delay dementia

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Speaking more than one language
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Cognitive bias in job interviews, or: Why it pays to be attractive (and other such gems)

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Although we'd like to think of ourselves as rational creatures, we are by no means as smart as we think we'd like to think we are - the human brain, though powerful, is flawed. To help us process i...
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The 10 % Myth

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The 10 % Myth.Does we really use only 10 % of our brains?It is a popular misconception that we humans use only 10 % of our brains…..and the other 90%!
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Medical Xpress: Just a few years of early musical training benefits the brain later in life

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