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On the last track we discussed dealing with discovery. We examined three issues regarding dealing with discovery. They are denial, anger, and sense of loss. We also discussed techniques for minimizing the sense of loss.
On this track we will discuss awfulizing. We will discuss the progression of awfulizing through panic cognitions, the importance of clear decision making, how panic turns to awfulizing, and the stop awfulizing technique. The stop awfulizing technique works by allowing the client to avoid engaging the mind in battle, by simply letting go, and thereby quieting the client’s emotions. As you listen to this track, you might consider playing it for client education in an upcoming session. Could your client benefit from hearing how John coped with his panic cognitions?
The Progression of Awfulizing Through Panic Cognitions
The Importance of Clear Decision Making
How Panic Turns to Awfulizing
Technique: Stop Awfulizing
"That other direction might be to imagine yourself as an effective problem solver, a person who is about to make some very important choices. You see yourself weight all of the pros and cons of your treatment options." John responded by asking, "What else can I do?"
I stated, "Sit down. Take a deep breath. Say out loud, ‘Many people live who have Cancer.’ 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." Think of your John. How might your client benefit from the stop awfulizing technique?
On this track we have discussed awfulizing. We will discuss the progression of awfulizing through panic cognitions, the importance of clear decision making, how panic turns to awfulizing, and the stop awfulizing technique. The stop awfulizing technique works by allowing the client to avoid engaging the mind in battle, by simply letting go, and thereby quieting the client’s emotions.
On the next track we will discuss how to beat cancer. The information on this track is from the City of Hope, a clinical cancer research center. I find that clients coping with cancer can benefit from the four steps to beating cancer. The four steps are confront fears, take charge, know options, and fight back.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Gropalis, M., Bleichhardt, G., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2013). Specificity and modifiability of cognitive biases in hypochondriasis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(3), 558–565.
McManus, F., Surawy, C., Muse, K., Vazquez-Montes, M., & Williams, J. M. G. (2012). A randomized clinical trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy versus unrestricted services for health anxiety (hypochondriasis). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80(5), 817–828.
Weck, F., Neng, J. M. B., Richtberg, S., Jakob, M., & Stangier, U. (2015). Cognitive therapy versus exposure therapy for hypochondriasis (health anxiety): A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(4), 665–676.
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