hart Posted November 23, 2005 Report Share Posted November 23, 2005 I am a college counselor. As a counselor, you are usually trained in "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy," which addresses, among many things, the role of cognition in emotions and behavior. Look CBT up on the internet and you will, no doubt, find a list of "cognitive distortions," or systematic errors in thinking. Try http://depression.about.com/cs/psychotherapy/a/cognitive.htm as an example. Some examples of cognitive distortions include All/Nothing Thinking, Overgeneralization, Mental Filter, Disqualifying the Positive, Jumping to Conclusions, etc. You can look them up to learn more. Last night, in dealing with my perfectionism, I took ownership of my perfectionistic tendencies in ballet as they relate to all/nothing thinking, catastrophizing, filtering out the positive, and jumping to conclusions. I carry so much tension and anxiety in my body when I dance and big part of it is because I tend to believe: (1). I haven't learned anything (all/nothing thinking). (2). I'm a terrible dancer (catastrophizing and filtering out the positive) (3). I'm never going to improve. (Jumping to Conclusions) Such processes can just shipwreck the enjoyment that dancing can bring as well as the quality of your dancing. Last night my "mantra" was "Just do what you already know." It really helped. I felt so much more relaxed. The reality is that I have been dancing for two years, which isn't very long in the dancing world, but it still counts. I stopped doing this for a while, but in the past, I spent time working on "affirmations," speaking truth in my log about what I had learned in class rather than being negative about what I hadn't learned. This also seemed to help. Anyway, we tend to focus a lot on physical technique but not so much on mental/emotional "technique," so to speak. Sometimes, perhaps the best way to learn how to pull-up, for example, is to realize that you are already doing it to some degree. Maybe not perfectly, but your doing it more than you realize. Quote Link to comment
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