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Situation → Thought → Feeling → Reaction

Situation Thought Feeling Reaction

Situation → Thought → Feeling → Reaction

Situation → Thought → Feeling → Reaction

My therapists is working on breaking down stories I express in our sessions.

So I can begin to see how the thought leads to the feeling therefore reaction.

& write a second scenario where my thought is different and see how the feeling and reaction change dramatically as result.

Simple example to help understand the concept:

Situation
→ Thought
→ Feeling
→ Reaction

#1 Person said I look sick.
→ Person wants me to feel bad about myself.
→ Rejected.
→ Stopped talking to Person.

#2 Person said I look sick.
→ Person is concerned/cares about me.
→ Curious.
→ Look in mirror.  Plan what to do to feel & look better.

The second part of the assignment is to assign a cognitive distortion to the “thought” in example #1.

In this example, the distortion (Person wants me to feel bad about myself) is “Jumping to Conclusions / Mind Reading”.

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