Automatic thoughts and irrational beliefs
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An appreciation of the impact of automatic thoughts and irrational beliefs and methods of addressing these is an important part of their armamentarium. Both set homework assignments to enable clients to practice recognizing their automatic thoughts or irrational beliefs and taking action to deal with them. Such automatic thoughts are easy to identify, but if we do not recognize them they may warp our emotions and lead to unproductive behaviour. Automatic thoughts can be difficult to deal with precisely because they are often so elusive. Counsellors have to be aware of assigning obvious causes for emotional states and be able to adopt a structure from which they can analyse feelings and behaviour that may seem to be at odds with a given situation. Counselling is rightly described as a “talking therapy”, as it is through language that we can share detailed understanding and successfully communicate subtleties of thoughts and emotions.