Yesterday, it was surprising to me that somebody described me as “surprising” during a group therapy exercise.
I’ve been surprising people with group therapy exercises for a surprising number of years. Because yesterday’s group therapy exercise was new to all the participants, they found it surprising how useful and moving it was.
I shall now explain, in surprising detail, yesterday’s group therapy exercise:
- People wrote down, on a single sheet sheet of paper, negative and unhelpful beliefs about themselves, which they’ve been carrying around for a surprising long time. (See here for a definition of “labeling” — a surprisingly common and toxic cognitive distortion.)
- It was surprising to me how many of us wrote down the words “weird” and “stupid” for this part of the exercise.
- People shared their negative self-talk with others in the group, who found it surprising how harshly the other members judged themselves.
- The group participants…
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