Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cognitive Distortions

"Nurture great thoughts for you cannot go higher than your thoughts."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

Dr. Albert Ellis, the father of Cognitive-Behavioral psychology, identified some of those thought patterns that contribute to our continued good health and our potential illness.

He called these thought patterns, “cognitive distortions”.
All of us have used these statements at one time or another. What we have to ask ourselves is if we rely on them to the point of making them habits that limit our happiness.

Habitual ways of thinking limit our perspective and tend to keep us doing the same things repeatedly, for better and worse.

Next time you interpret a situation negatively, ask yourself if your conclusions are the result of habitual thinking or an objective assessment.

Having an objective partner to help you see alternatives and develop new, healthy styles of thinking can lead to a more satisfying life. Call us to discuss how Insight Associates can help.

We will identify the categories of cognitive distortions individually in coming blog entries.

Live Well.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Some Basics of Personal Growth

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
- Confucious

Recognize the need for change.
Do you feel the way you want to feel most of the time? Are you generally satisfied with the course of your life? If not, do you want to make the effort to improve your life? Having a timeline for gradual and sustainable life change helps keep us on track to getting what we want.

Get started now!
If you know you need or want change in your life, then waiting only delays your potential for happiness. Even if you put off major changes for the time being, begin planning now to take control of your life situation.

Avoid negativity, in yourself, other people and even life situations.
Examine your beliefs about yourself and your life. Which buoy you and which weight you down? Consider changing those that hold you back.

Learn more about how you function in your life.
Notice what you say to yourself and others about the issues in your life and how you handle daily situations. Are you taking responsibility for what you can control or blaming others or leaving things to chance?

Find people who are living the way you want to live.
Note how others live well. What is it about how they live that you would like to emulate? You might find that one person has one aspect of what you want but someone else has another. That’s fine; no one person has the exact life you would prefer.

Get help from others.
Friends, family, clergy, organizations; anyone who cares, likes or loves you can help to some degree. If your current social resources are not enough or you simply don’t want to deal with them, call Insight Associates for assistance.

You can do it.
If you want more from life, try not to settle for less. There are always things we can do to feel better and enjoy more.

Don’t wait for life to happen to you; take that first step to go after your goals and live the life you choose.

Live Well.