012: Negative and Positive Distortions (Part 3)

In this final podcast on the ten cognitive distortions, David and Fabrice discuss Should Statements, Labeling, and Blame. He brings these distortions to life with a case of a severely depressed woman who felt profoundly guilty and devastated after her brother’s tragic suicide. Dr. Burns also describes the negative thoughts of an individual who experienced horrific childhood abuse, and concludes with a surprising vignette of an elderly woman who was absolutely convinced that the problems in her marriage over the past 35 years were entirely her husband’s fault.

4 thoughts on “012: Negative and Positive Distortions (Part 3)

  1. I wanted to leave a comment mainly to say a massive thank-you to Drs Burns and Nye for taking the time to record these podcasts. I’ve listened to all 13 more than once and found them really useful! I’ve bought 4 of Dr Burns’ books (all fantastic!) but it’s great to actually hear him and Fabrice talk around many of the ideas.

    I’m sure you’re both really busy but if you have time to record any more I would love to hear you talk about (among many other things):
    1. The 5 secrets of effective communication: I’ve read about these and really like them, but in my attempts to use them so far (mainly with my wife) I’ve tended to come across a bit clumsy and insincere.
    2. Tackling self-defeating beliefs: I find the Daily Mood Log really effective for managing my day-to-day moods, but my underlying SDBs (of which I seem to have several!) are proving tougher nuts to crack!

    Once again, a massive thank-you for these recordings.

    • Thanks, Lewis, we’ll do that! If you have the time to rate us on iTunes and write a brief review, it will help us in the ratings on iTunes during this crucial period after the initial release. keep listening and giving us ideas.
      By the way, the Five Secrets ARE really challening the master. Reading Feeling Good Together and doing the written exercises will definitely help. Even the therapists who attend my weekly training groups at Stanford have a lot of trouble learning them and applying them skillfully, especially in personal situations. All the best, david

  2. I am weak in Engish listening ,thus It is really hard for me to understand this podcast. I want to know whether the following thoughts are labeling:
    1. I am stupid
    2. I am a stupid man
    3. I am a pig.

    By the way, i’d appreciate it if there is a text version of your podcasts.

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