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Brilliant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 2nd Edition by Dr. Stephen Briers

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Strategies for accessing hot thoughts

What did the trigger mean?

Trigger event:

Examiner tells me I have failed my driving test.

Meaning:

‘I can’t get anything right.’

Complete the following sentence: ‘When X occurred my feelings told me...’

Trigger event:

Briefly losing child in the supermarket.

Meaning:

‘When I couldn’t see Arthur my feelings immediately screamed at me that he had been taken.’

What was the worst thing about [trigger event]?

Trigger event:

Feeling unwell on the train.

Worst implication:

‘I could have fainted and been completely helpless…’

If I could put the feeling into words what would they be?

Trigger event:

Putting letter in letter box.

Feeling in words:

Guilt – ‘I should have ...

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