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My application of CBT techniques -The consequences of change

When the symptoms causes intolerable stress either inside or outside the individual is compelled to seek help. The presenting problem is seen as a self regulating system and the symptom as a mechanism for regulation. The individual have disconnect the symptom from the system and usually ask the therapist to change the symptom without changing the system. The key concept is to consider events within the context in which they are occurring, and attention is focused on connections and relationship rather than on individual characteristics. This means that no one event or piece of behaviour causes another but, rather, that each is linked in a circular manner to many other events and pieces of behaviour. This regulatory function is the focus of the work than the behaviour or symptom as an entity in itself. In addition to understand the cause of the behaviour, the therapist attempts to understand the fluctuation of the pattern from which it derives its meaning. Reality and truth are circular. Solving an immediate problem often creates another problem in another area of the person’s life. Change is not a single solution to a single problem but a dilemma to be resolved. The central therapeutic issue is not only how to eliminate the symptom but what will happen if is eliminated, what caused it, how to get rid of it and what price will have to be paid for its removal. George Bernard Shaw said that there are two tragedies in life: one is not to get your heart’s desire and the other is to get it. This does not mean that people should not strive to get their heart’s desire or to change but simply that the consequences of doing it are unpredictable, filled with unexpected twists that needs to be thought carefully with professional help.

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