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On the last track we discussed taking charge. The four steps to taking charge are defining the team leader, avoiding the surrender of leadership, using visualization to take chare, and evaluation and substitution.
On the next three tracks we will discuss reforming negative emotions.
Lynn spent a year undergoing treatment and meeting weekly with a psychotherapeutic support group. Lynn stated, “There is still no way for me to have a conversation that doesn’t end up with me complaining about my ex-partner.” Think of your Lynn. Is it possible that your client has a negative emotion that might also be creating an immune-depressing condition?
Reforming Negative Emotions - Part 1 of 3
Method # 1 - Determine If the Emotion is Realistic and Appropriate
Think of your Lynn. How might she benefit from determining whether her reaction to a stressor is appropriate? How might learning that your client’s reaction is unrealistic and reforming it help his or her immune system in the fight for recovery?
On this track we discussed the first step of reforming negative emotions. This first step is determining if the emotion is realistic and appropriate. Three questions you can ask clients to help them determine if an emotion is realistic and appropriate are What is actually your concern? Is your emotion based on this one event alone or on prior experiences as well? And lastly, as n Lynn’s case,If you perceive abandonment again, how badly will you be hurt?
On the next track we will continue to discuss reforming negative emotions. We will discuss two additional methods for reforming negative emotions. These will be limit the duration of the unpleasant emotion, and control the intensity of the unpleasant emotion.
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.
Online Continuing Education QUESTION 6
What are three questions which you can ask a client to help them determine if an emotion is realistic and appropriate? To select and enter your answer go to CE Test.
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