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On the last track we discussed depression and anxiety co-occurring with low self esteem. We examined primary depression and primary anxiety disorder.
On this track we will discuss encouraging commitment. This will include two Cognitive Behavior Therapy methods for encouraging commitment. These two methods are creating commitment statements and commitment slogans. With so many consequences affecting so many vital areas of living, it is of inestimable benefit to clients to maintain the constructive self critical perspectives and behaviors that they have acquired in therapy.
However, do you agree that some client’s may reach their therapeutic goals and then, within a few weeks or months, return to their old modes of self criticism? You are probably already familiar with a number of techniques for preventing such regressions. However, additional means for helping clients make a deep personal commitment will be provided on these next two tracks.
Method #1: Commitment Slogans
For example, do you remember Joan from Track 7, the track which introduced the use of the howitzer mantras? Joan continued the use of that technique in order to commit herself to compassion toward herself. In much the same way as Alcoholics Anonymous use the slogan ‘One day at a time,’ Joan devised a slogan to remind herself of a perspective on her personal efforts that framed them in a more manageable and less overwhelming way. Joan stated, "My slogan is, ‘Perfection is a guide star, not a destination.’"
What type of slogan might your client use? Other considerations may include tailoring the specific language, degree of sentimentality, and favored images or metaphors to the specific client. Would you agree that designing or selecting such slogans carefully will enhance the likelihood that they will intrigue and captivate clients and will be adopted by them as a very economical means for recapturing complex solutions and for renewing their personal commitment to it?
Method #2: Commitment Statements
Such a statement may be memorized or it may be written on a small card and kept in the client’s wallet or purse for easy access. Such a commitment statement was written for David, from track 12. I stated to David, "This statement may be recited each morning, evening, or on any other schedule found to be helpful. It should never be read passively, but always in a spirit of reaffirmation and rededication to its content."The final version of David’s commitment statement was the result of an initial rough draft and subsequent revisions.
David stated, "Today, my job – indeed my moral commitment and deepsworn vow – is to take care of you, as a good parent takes care of his child. It is to notice, acknowledge, and appreciate your strengths, accomplishments, enjoyments, and moral actions. It is also to notice and to acknowledge when things have gone wrong. When these are correctable, I will try to correct you without degrading you are attacking you viciously, remembering that this only destroys you and does not help you to change anything. When they are not correctable, I categorically refuse to take your personal limitations and failings and use these as ammunition to destroy you."
Think of your client. Could it be productive to play this track for him or her in an upcoming session?
On this track we discussed encouraging commitment. This will include two methods for encouraging commitment. These two methods are creating commitment statements and commitment slogans.
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This CD set has covered such topics as: cognitive restructuring, the pathological critic, responding to the critic, clouding the critic, probing, obstacles to change, affirming self worth, the danger of external disconfirmation, addressing feelings of disempowerment, low self esteem, depression, and anxiety, and encouraging commitment.
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