Saturday, 13 September 2014

Don't Treat Yourself Worse Than Others!

Dr David Burns is a psychiatrist and best-selling author of self-help books championing CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) techniques.

In the utube video below he talks about how people often are much harsher on themeselves than on other people and he describes a self-help technique called The Double Standard Technique. This involves catching yourself thinking much more negatively about yourself than you would about others (i.e. applying a double standard to yourself compared to others) and then challenging yourself by asking what would you say to others in this situation. This technique is I think much the same as the Friend Technique that I sometimes refer to, where you challenge self-critical negative thoughts by asking what would you say to a friend in your situation?  Listen to Dr Burns' video below:

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