WHAT ARE THE SHOULD STATEMENTS IN MENTAL HEALTH?

PPC PRIVATE PSYCHOTHERAPY AND AUTISM THERAPY CLINICS IN LONDON ENGLAND

You tell yourself that things ”should be” the way you hoped or expected them to be. After playing a difficult piece on the piano, a gifted pianist told herself,” I should’t have made so many mistakes.”This made her feel so disgusted that she quit practicing for several days . ” Musts” ” oughts” and ” have tos” are similar offender .

” Should statement ” that are directed against yourself lead to guilt and frustration. Should statements that are directed against other people or the world in general lead to anger and frustration. ” He shouldn’t be so stubborn and argumentative.”

Many people try to motivate themselves with shoulds and shouldn’ts.as if they were delinquents who had to be punished before they could be expexted to do anything.” I shouldn’t eat that doughnut.”

This useually doesn’t work because all these shoulds and musts make you feel rebellious and you get…

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