Such myths sometimes lead to depression, and friction with friends, family and loved ones.
Yet there is a way of relieving depression known as cognitive restructuring i.e. reframing myths into affirmations.
The following myths and affirmations are related to each other. They are derived from cognitive behavior therapy.
- Myth: Nobody likes me. It is unlikely people will ever like me, therefore I am not a likeable person.
Affirmation: People have liked me. It is likely people will like me again, therefore I am a likeable person.
- Myth: I do not know how to dance, I will never be as happy as those people.
Affirmation: I want to learn how to dance.
- Myth: I don't like being outside. Something bad might happen to me.
Affirmation: In the past when I've been outside, something good happened to me: I got physical exercise, accomplished tasks, and enjoyed myself.