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How To Use Positive Affirmations in CBT

Brownback, Mason and Associates is a Group Psychological Practice with over 30 years of experience located in the Lehigh Valley, in Allentown, PA.

Positive affirmations are a popular technique used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to replace existing thoughts that may be untrue and hurtful.  No matter what aspect of life you’re dealing with or who you are, positive affirmations can make you feel better about yourself and can manifest real change in your life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy uses positive affirmations to change the way you think, reprogram your mind and remove the old negative beliefs that have been sabotaging you again and again throughout your life.  When used correctly, they can enable you to achieve the life you’ve always wanted for yourself!

Positive affirmations:

  • Target specific subconscious beliefs through short positive statements
  • Challenge and undermine negative beliefs
  • Replace negative beliefs with positive self-nurturing beliefs

By choosing to think and say positive affirmations, your subconscious is forced into accepting the positive affirmation or reappraising your old affirmations. The bigger the issue, the greater the gap between the positive affirmation and the perceived inner truth, the more likely that one is going to experience resistance. Often the subconscious finds it easier to stay with its perceived inner truth and avoid the challenge using any means at its disposal to avoid examining the issue. You will recognize this type of reaction by a strong negative feeling inside as you state the positive affirmations.  This resistance is a normal experience during Cognitive Behavior Therapy and indicates that you are on the right path.

Equally if you experience a sense of joy and well-being, your mind is instinctively responding to something it believes to be true. When you get this emotion, you know your affirmations are working from the inside out!

Because affirmations actually reprogram your thought patterns, they change the way you think and feel about things, and because you have replaced dysfunctional beliefs with your own new positive beliefs, positive change comes easily and naturally. This will start to reflect in your external life as you experience seismic changes for the better in many aspects of your life.

From day one, there will be affirmations you love and enjoy saying, these affirmations are likely to be very effective for you and you are likely to start experience changes almost immediately. If you are truly ready and want to make changes, the quicker those changes will come for you.

While change can sometimes be seen immediately, after three months you should definitely have started experiencing positive changes.  Really, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based not on a length of time, rather on how accepting of change you can be.

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