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Myths and Affirmations

Daily we tell ourselves myths to avoid facing life.

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.



4 comments:

Steve said...

Myth: Other people are responsible for my feelings and emotions.
Affirmation: I am responsible for my feelings and emotions.

Steve said...

Myth: I don't care about other people.
Affirmation: I care about myself and others, equally.

Steve said...

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. - Abraham Lincoln

Steve said...

Myth: I'm powerless or helpless.
Affirmation: I believe in myself.

Myth: It's important to please others.
Affirmation: I can enjoy being pleasing at those times when I genuinely feel like it.