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On the last track we discussed an additional method for reforming negative emotions. This was limit the duration of the unpleasant emotion. We also discussed the act as if technique. This was a two step technique. The two steps were choosing the reaction which best serves the client’s interests and acting as if that is the way the situation feels.
On this track we will finish our discussion on reforming negative emotions. The final approach to reforming negative emotions is controlling the intensity of the unpleasant emotion. As you listen to this track, consider your client. Is his or her cancer viewed as a current situation, a tragedy, or both?
Reforming Negative Emotions - Part 3 of 3
Isolate the Unpleasant Emotions
Clearly, reality prohibits total isolation of emotions. However, Lindsey learned that she saw herself as a weak and helpless child being bullied by an all-powerful persecutor. I facilitated her to relabel the situation as being an adult whose job required her to interact with an unpleasant superior. Lindsey stated, "Even so, I recognize that, like everyone else, my job has aspects not to my liking."
On this track we finished our discussion on reforming negative emotions. The final approach to reforming negative emotions is controlling the intensity of the unpleasant emotion.
On the next track we will discuss find that three factors can influence or result in hopelessness. The three factors are myths about cancer, type of cancer, and intuition.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Castonguay, A. L., Wrosch, C., & Sabiston, C. M. (2017). The roles of negative affect and goal adjustment capacities in breast cancer survivors: Associations with physical activity and diurnal cortisol secretion. Health Psychology, 36(4), 320–331.
Ciere, Y., Janse, M., Almansa, J., Visser, A., Sanderman, R., Sprangers, M. A. G., Ranchor, A. V., & Fleer, J. (2017). Distinct trajectories of positive and negative affect after colorectal cancer diagnosis. Health Psychology, 36(6), 521–528.
Hart, S. L., & Charles, S. T. (2013). Age-related patterns in negative affect and appraisals about colorectal cancer over time. Health Psychology, 32(3), 302–310.
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