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{I don't have a choice...}

therapy hacks

Without a doubt, "I don't have a choice" is one of the most commonly uttered phrases in therapy. And usually it is not true, even if it FEELS true. We generally have choices, we just don't like the ones we have identified so we start complaining, which increases our negative feelings. STOP, name your feeling; "I feel trapped and I hate all these stupid options." Then, check to see if you are engaged in dichotomous thinking (a cognitive distortion) because you feel all fucked up about the situation. You will know you are if you