chapter  9
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Changing Multiple Negative Core Beliefs with Trial I

It is not infrequent that patients have two or more active CBs. This can be a partial explanation of why restructuring just one core belief is not enough to improve the patient’s symptoms, as one negative CB may activate others. For instance, after having the CB “I’m incompetent” restructured during one session, Paul had his negative CB “I’m unlovable” activated by seeing his boss talking to his co-workers. Thus, in addition to strongly believing that he was unlovable, Paul had his negative CB “I’m incompetent” reactivated.