Self talk: The Anxiety And Phobia Workbook..by Edward Bourne

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People who suffer from phobias, panic attacks, and general anxiety are especially prone to engage in negative self-talk.
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Anxiety can be generated on the spur of the moment by repeatedly making statements to yourself that begin with the two words “what if.”.
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Any anxiety you experience in anticipation of confronting a difficult situation is manufactured out of your own “what-if statements” to yourself.
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When you decide to avoid a situation altogether, it is probably because of the scary questions you’ve asked yourself:
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“What if I panic?” “What if I can’t handle it?” “What will other people think if they see me anxious?”
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Just noticing when you fall into “what-if thinking” is the first step toward gaining control over negative self-talk.
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The real change occurs when you begin to counter and replace negative “what-if statements” with positive, self-supportive statements that reinforce your ability to cope.
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For example, you might say, “So what,” “These are just thoughts,” “This is just scare-talk,” “I can handle this,” or “I can breathe, let go, and relax.”
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeanette on February 9, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I am desperate to contact Marty, as I am seeking permissions to quote some of his work. I hope I can be emailed a contact solution….. J

  2. Loving kindness giving

    Feel free to use any part of my blog.

    Marty

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