Consider the source of today’s post — it’s my blog! Is that a source you trust, know, can vouch for? Is it a source that’s helpful, doubtful, consistent, confusing, reliable, familiar, new, or whatever for YOU?
Consider that the source of this post is a discussion earlier this week in a therapy group, where the participants were evaluating negative messages they had heard from others. When I asked people in the group to consider one of the antidotes to cognitive distortions — Consider the Source — they considered that a helpful cognitive reframe.
Consider the source of this definition of “Consider the Source,” which is this list of antidotes for unhelpful thoughts.
Consider the Source. If you’re receiving negative, upsetting messages, take a step back and look at where those messages are coming from. Is that source reliable? Is it usually negative? How do other people see that source? If the source is your own internalized critic, consider that you may be too harsh on yourself.
Consider the source of today’s photos — it’s my iPhone!
When you consider the source, you might think
- way to go!
- high five!
- you got it!
- too bad!
- try again!
- not quite!
- next time!
- oh well!
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Consider the source of extreme gratitude for all who help create these blogs and for all who read them — it’s me!