Friday, March 10, 2023

Opposite Action

Yesterday, I went to the barber.  Usually, I don’t like going to the barber because I am too nervous that he or she will ask something I don’t know how to respond to.  

I think it is important, however, that we step out of “our comfort zone.”  In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) it’s called Opposite Action.  Opposite Action has someone do the opposite of the action urge.  If you feel uncomfortable in public, your action urge might be to isolate.  The more helpful choice is to go out in public.

Healing from mental illness takes time, patience and a lot of prayer!  And, after I went to the barber yesterday, I felt great!

Mark Hanley

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