Our expert says:
This is a perfect illustration of one of the basic principles of CBT counselling. After an unpleasant experience like your previous relationship, we often draw too broad a conclusion. Instead of concluding, aptly, that SOME men cheat Sometimes, so one needs to be a bit cautious, we conclude that ALL men cheat constantly, and get so insecure and suspicious that we risk nmaking this come true even when it isn't. And that's where counselling can be so useful, to re-examine these false or excessive conclusions we have drawn, test them out, and revise them. Similarly, in counselling you would work on your own problems of self-esteem, and recognize that there';s no good reason why your friend would want to cheat on you, and that waving at other girls he knows is pleasant and not threatening.
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