Our expert says:
Well, Kay, it reads as though your message is written partly in Martian, but otherwise I follow --- pleased to hear the CBT has started well. One of the things I like about it is that you are indeed challenged and WORK on it, rather than being made a passive listener to second-hand wisdom.
As you will find in further sessions ( and take this excellent challenge of yours directly back to the therapist ) you don't accept that these beliefs are false just because the therapist says so, nor do you accept them as true just because that inner voice insists that they are. You become a fellow scientist, and you TEST them out, and see which PROVES to be right.
In fact, our evidence shows that it matters surprisingly little HOW or WHY you adopted these unhelpful beliefs --- they still need to be challenged and tested. Even if you could find a convincing explanation for WHY / HOW, and your currentl explanation makes a lot of sense, knowing why doesn't actually change anything, and can at times be a decades-long exmploration to discover false gold.
It is any other therapy which tells you things and does NOT get you to challenge and test, that provides a band-aid. With CBT, you try living for a while as though you had a more positive belief, and see what happens. Rather than waiting for the stage-wagon to arrive before trying ou the change.
Change the beliefs, and there may no longer be any strong reason to return into those habitual depressions.
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