Saying cognitive statments in a safe place?

Moses199

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#1
Does this work? I thought it's best to say rational statements when you are in a provoking situation in order to diffuse it.
I LITERALLY don't understand how will saying them off-situation help...PLEASE someone explain, really curious to know...
 
#4
Does this work? I thought it's best to say rational statements when you are in a provoking situation in order to diffuse it.
I LITERALLY don't understand how will saying them off-situation help...PLEASE someone explain, really curious to know...

If you want to keep your family/friends/work colleagues wanting to be around you, then you would have to make sure you say in the situation the rational things you need to say, that you know won't just add fuel to the flames, type comments.

I always assumed that therapists tell you to say out loud or write down, what you would have said in that situation, if you did not have to "hold your tongue" so to speak, later on because that helps you to get "it" out of your system.

So you say out loud or write down all the angry, frustrated, rude, provocative, accusing, attacking or patronising statements you were dying to say during the situation, later on, so those feelings you could not get out at the time are supposedly "released" from your mind and therefore, do not keep churning over and over, bubbling up until you explode.

That is how I thought that technique was supposed to work anyway.
 

Sacrament

Well-known member
#6
The point of those types of statements is to trying rational thoughts into your irrational thought-infused brain, especially in stressful situations. So, they can and will work depending on how you use them (ie, don't expect them to fix everything, only to soften the blow of anxiety).
 
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