Module Seven: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
It may be necessary to stand on the outside if one is to see things clearly.
– Peter Hoeg
Identifying distorted thoughts and counteracting them is one option for how you can choose your reaction to emotions. Typically, though, in order to have the wherewithal to identify an emotion or a distorted thinking pattern, you have to be in a place of calm already. While correcting a distorted notion with logic sounds simple, in practice it isn’t always the most practical approach. An alternative to choosing a reaction to your emotions is to do nothing altogether. In order to do this, however, you have to get to a point where you see your “self” – the person you refer to when you say “I” – as separate from your thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) seeks to foster this form of detachment, which has been vitally helpful for those who suffer from extreme anxiety in particular.