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Taking Every Thought Captive: The Process of Recovery from Hardwired Tormenting Thoughts

Bill Immel, LCSW

We have all heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy and possibly rational-emotive behavior therapy. The basic tenets of these most evidence-based treatment modalities have to do with recognizing that the observation (what you see and/or hear) triggers a thought(s), and the thought(s) trigger feelings, then the feelings can trigger behaviors. For example you are walking in the mall and see a cute young couple at a jewelry store looking at wedding bands. One of many thoughts may be “That’s never gonna be me.” Quickly and automatically this thought triggers sad and hopeless feelings which in turn trigger you to enter Barnes & Noble to look at a magazine and have a latte and a brownie to “feel better.”

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