A TYPE OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BELIEFS IN MENTAL HEALTH
SECOND TYPE OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BELIEFS IN MENTAL HEALTH
These types of beliefs have often originated from childhood
too, and also often contain the words ‘should/must/ought/ have to’.
addition, they have an intrinsically irrational component.
Another version of this is to have unrealistic expectations
E.g. ‘She should’ or ‘She ought to’. The client who does this is projecting their
own values and expectations onto others. This is both unrealistic and
Counsellors often have to deal with clients whose
expectations of others are unrealistic.
Once the client has recognised that their expectations are unrealistic,
i.e. that the other person or persons cannot live up to their expectations,
then they will often feel a sense of loss, and will need to grieve.
Where clients present with an irrational belief, the
counsellor needs to offer a rational alternative.
example, “My happiness depends on others around me”……
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