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Sadie’s story

Sadie is a thirty -two years old technician working in a science lab. She works hand and wants to do well at her job, but feels that her colleagues don’t value her, and that her boss sometimes overlooks her contributions. Sadie was very bright at school, but always felt that other girls , who were more attractive and extrovert , got more attention than her and seemed to get more praise for what they did- so this is familiar story for her . Sadie spends an awful lot of time dwelling on why this always happens to her. She has a long drive home after work, and as she drives, she thinks, it is so unfair. I’ve never been valued; what is the matter with me? Why does everyone always ignore me? What am I doing wrong? She replays scenes in her head when she thinks someone has been unfair and has imaginary arguments with people. In reality she never brings this up. Often by the time she gets home she feels extremely low and desperate.

Do you ever find yourself constantly dwelling on a problem without getting anywhere?

Do you get stuck thinking about why you feel down or going over your mistakes and failures in your head?

These are examples of what we call rumination – repetitive thinking about problems, difficulties, and feelings.

I will complete in article 2 soon.


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