Monday, September 22, 2014
YOUR LIFE A-Z: REFRAME
Even if you have not thought about it, most of you have experienced how different a piece of art can look when you change the frame or mat around a dull picture. REFRAMING what already exist is a way to make old things new and useful again. REFRAMING a thought, idea, project, or behavior is a way to change what is not working in your life to something that has beauty and purpose. The art of cognitive REFRAMING is taught in all good psychology classes as a necessary and useful tool for practicing psychotherapy. It is usually hard for individuals to see options until a well- trained psychotherapists says something like, “Rather than seeing the situation as impossible, let’s look at the opportunities this problem has for you.” Good psychotherapists are like great interior designers, transforming the rooms in your life to be amazing. REFRAMING thoughts in your head to work for you rather than against you is an important tool to learn to help you with your daily life. There are hundreds of different ways to think about your situation or problem. Do not stick with the familiar or difficult way of thinking about it, get out of your box and write down at least three different ways to think about your current situation. By doing so you are learning the art of REFRAMING. By practicing the art of reframing you are building emotional competence and training your brain in positive living. REFRAME ugly thoughts into beautiful ones.