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Self-Control as a Choice by Suzanne Stangland MA, LPC

Anxiety, depression and many other struggles plague numerous people on a daily basis. Various skills and techniques can be very helpful in learning to cope with these different issues; however, there is another important concept to consider as well.  Is there an additional question one needs to be asking themselves about how they can work to stay positively focused when facing negative thoughts and feelings?  Yes! It can be a question of self-control.  Most people probably tend to think of self-control in terms of saying no to that cheesecake or picking a green vegetable instead of a carbohydrate—and it can be.  On the other hand,

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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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