Stoic News

By Dave Kelly

Friday, April 30, 2004

Google Answers: Need examples in the “story” concept in Cognitive Therapy

"The concept is that an event happens (someone slaps you), and then a part of your mind (sometimes called the little voice, or always already knowing by the Landmark people) makes a “interpretation” of event. This interpretation that you then make does the real damage. It generates, angry, decently, negative self-talk, even physical or verbal action that you might regret later.

"What happened was a fact, in this case, a slap in the face. It had little real harm to you. The “story” (i.e. interpretation) you made around this fact is what did the real damage (disturb your mental peace, cause anxiously, cause regrettable reaction, etc.). So that is the concept I am interested in."


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