The ‘Stop Awfulizing’ Technique
Review CD track 3 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to avoid panic producing thought processes.
1. When you start to feel anxious emotions or panic arising inside, try to witness them. Just observe your panic. Try to step back and focus on the panic thoughts. Ask yourself, why are you having them? What are the real fears that have started your awfulizing?
2. Instead of putting yourself in the role of a victim who is hopelessly caught in a web of despair, become the observer. By not engaging the mind in battle, by simply letting go, your emotions will soon become quiet.
3. Then imagine yourself as an effective problem solver, a person who is about to make some very important choices. Clear decision making can be yours.
4. Sit down. Take a deep breath. Say out loud, ‘Cancer does not mean death. Observe your emotions. Detach by separating who you are as a person from the emotional panic you may be feeling. You are not uncontrolled panic even though you may be experiencing panic. The two are very different.
Review CD track 5 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to take charge of treatment.
1. Define who is the team leader. It should be you.
2. Avoid surrendering that leadership.
3. Use visualization to see yourself as the team leader.
4. As the team leader, evaluate each team member and make substitutions as necessary.
Reforming Negative Emotions
Review CD track 6, 7, and 8 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to avoid dwelling on negative emotions and decrease anxiety.
Determine if the Emotion is Realistic and Appropriate
1. Explore your emotion in detail and be specific, but omit drama and pathos. Don’t let your emotions confuse the issue.
2. Decide if your fear is based on one event alone or on prior experiences as well.
3. Decide if the feared situation will actually hurt you as bad as you think.
4. Consider how likely it is that the feared situation will take place.
5. Decide if there is possibly a more reasonable way to react.
Limit the Duration of the Unpleasant Emotion Using the ‘Act As If’ Technique
1. Choose the reaction you believe to be in your best interests.
2. Find a way to make it happen.
Controlling the Intensity of the Unpleasant Emotion
1. Make the effort to react less dramatically to those situations which may or may not be serious but are perceived that way.
Making Plans for the Future
Review CD track 10 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to restore hope.
1. Make plans for the future.
2. Make many and continuing plans for the future, not just one. That’s exactly what you did when you were well. Don’t stop now.
Review CD track 12 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to mitigate the impact of hospitalization on the psyche.
1. Decorate your room with things from home.
2. Request the things you want.
3. Say no to the things you do not want.
Take the Opposite Track
Review CD track 13 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to avoid giving in to the idea of losing the battle with cancer.
1. Actively dislike the pain of a your thoughts.
2. Refuse to accept the pain.
3. Exaggerate your need to change your feelings.
4. Go way beyond your normal resistance.
5. Forbid yourself to accept the situation.
6. Say to yourself, “I’ll never accept this no matter what.”