January 30, 2023
This session will discuss "Opposite Action," a dialectical behavior therapy technique. When feelings become too intense or harmful or when they cause dysfunctional emotion-driven behavior, DBT encourages the use of this technique. The point is not to deny the validity of your feelings but to reframe them in a way that will help you reach a more positive outcome.
There are good reasons for how we feel. Even if what you're feeling is unpleasant, know it's okay to experience it. When our emotions compel us to behave in ways we later regret, problems start to occur. The following are some examples:
Indulging in substance abuse as a coping mechanism for sadness or isolation is a recipe for addiction and relapse, at worst for those already on the road to recovery.
Avoiding necessary tasks and challenges because you're afraid that failing might ruin your chances for success in school or the workplace.
Allowing your anger to lead to verbal attacks might damage your relationships.
Emotional impulses are problematic because they can magnify the initial response. Emotion-driven behavior can lead you to be more engrossed in the feeling. So, here is where the opposite action comes into play. Instead of feeding an emotion, doing the opposite might help you control and shift your state of mind.
Although we may all feel a diverse variety of complex emotions, most people respond to complicated feelings in predictable ways. By observing your patterns, you may improve your ability to identify negative emotions and gain confidence in your ability to control them. Apply the opposite action skill when your feelings are at odds with the facts or when giving in to them would harm your well-being or the situation at hand.
How to do Opposite Action:
Doing the opposite action might be difficult. We're not going to pretend otherwise. However, the sharp edge of intense feelings may be swiftly dulled by doing the opposite action. When emotions are strong, and you're in the thick of things, it might be challenging to use this skill. However, planning opposite-action strategies when feeling calm may equip you with a powerful weapon for managing your emotions.
Contact a luxury detox and dual diagnosis treatment center like Wish Recovery to learn other DBT techniques to help you get started on the road to recovery.
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