The mind can be a powerful tool. This can be both good and bad. We are all familiar with the saying “we can be our own worst enemy” and that is true, but the flip side of that is that we can also be our own best supporter and advocate. I’ve been learning about this in my day to day life. The way that mind processes thoughts is an important part of the development of our self-esteem.
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Just a few short months ago I was dealing with some depression from all of the negative going on in my life. Some of the thoughts that were going through my head on a daily basis were “girls hate me” “why do they hate me?” “People don’t like me because I have Asperger’s Syndrome.”
The negative thoughts were overwhelming and it was becoming more difficult to see the positive side of life. I have dealt with this throughout my life as an adult due to the complications of socialization and making friends. I have had many ups and downs and I kept trying to stay positive. The negative days were still present and were interfering with my ability to do the everyday things that an adult needs to do in life to support himself and be productive.
It wasn’t until recently when things began to turn around for me. My life has taken on and expanded in areas that I never thought I’d see myself grow in. My social skills set have improved a lot in the past month or two and I am now a lot more content with life. My thoughts are positive thoughts and there are no negative thoughts. If one occurs I have learned how to quickly defeat that negative thought and turn it into a positive one. I do this by behavioural modification. Just like with any behaviour it’s important to modify it instead of taking it away completely. Taking behaviour away completely can lead to many destructive things occurring. It’s important that when dealing with children we see what the behaviour is, and then come up with a plan to modify or change the behaviour.
The same is true for thoughts. We want to avoid all of the negative thoughts that we can. We can’t always just make those thoughts go away. They need to be replaced with a more positive thought. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a powerful tool for turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts. I myself have benefited from Cognitive therapy more than anything else I’ve tried. This book is a tool for helping someone with Autism develop their self-esteem and confidence. Great read for parents and educators as well as adults and children with Autism.