Sometimes, in order to move forward, we need to recognize that something which we have always assumed and accepted as a well-established fact may need re-examination and may not be true after all.
This exercise focuses on some of our irrational or unrealistic assumptions about ourselves and others, and how these assumptions can affect our feelings and emotions.
Emotional Consequences of Irrational Assumptions
Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck founded the cognitive behavioral therapy approach which focuses on irrational assumptions or "negative self-talk" about ourselves and the world we live in. Examples of irrational assumptions are "everyone should treat me with respect" and "things must go the way I want them to go or life is just awful". This approach is designed to make people feel happier by teaching them to become aware of their own irrational assumptions, to challenge these assumptions and adapt more positive assumptions about themselves and others.
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