No, not CBD! CBT, as in, cognitive behavioral therapy.
I fished this out of a fortune cookie last night:
- What was the activating event (A)?
- What was the emotional and/or behavioral consequence (C)?
- What did you tell yourself (B) about A to cause C?
- Is that belief (B) logical? Empirical? Pragmatic?
I somehow think that Albert Ellis, who made therapy playful and engaging, would approve. ✸
Postscript. How do I know that Ellis was playful and engaging? I’ve read published transcripts of his sessions, and they are masterpieces. During one session, he advised a client thus: “Every time a human being gets upset—except when she’s in physical pain—she has always told herself some bullshit the second before she gets upset” (p. 228). That not only got the client’s attention, I can guarantee the lesson stuck.