I am very fond of greyhounds. They are calm, smart, loving and very athletic. When I think of myself I imagine myself as a greyhound because they have traits that I admire and try to develop in myself. How do you picture yourself? Is there a creature or person you admire? Are there positive traits you want to develop in your life? Can you put together a positive self-image to focus on? Your sense of yourself can drive you forward and help you "be all you can be" or it can contribute to your spiraling down. I hope you can find a picture of yourself that you like and will inspire you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In our most recent Quick Boost poll we participants about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We asked about it because there is a tremendous amount of research that shows that it is very effective for treating depression. It has been made popular by a number of helpful books, not the least of these is Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns an psychiatrist.
The biggest response to our poll was "I don’t know what CBT is". A third of our respondents choose this. This is very sad because this is such an important technique for therapy and for self-study. Countless hours of therapy and personal work might be wasted by depressed people because they don't know about CBT.
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