Happy pre-pre Halloween for those who celebrate the day of creepy things.
I figured it would be apropos to post something about a topic that is about as scary as the damage being done by that car guy who bought Twitter: Our thoughts as we makes sense of what is happening in the world. Let’s discuss…
All of the S.T.U.F.F.F.F. Going On
Some time ago, I posted a piece that talked about the various cognitive distortions that we lean on during times of what Dr. Steven Jones of JONES, Inc. calls S.T.U.F.F. Stress, Time constraints, Uncertainty, Fear and Fatigue. Always the one to be a little extra, I had to add two more F’s: Finances and Fed Up (I had another F, but I really am trying to do better about cursing less, damn it).
I will leave the conversation about the Ladder of Inference for another day. However, what I do want to point out is that S.T.U.F.F.F.F. is happening All. Of. The. Time!
That said, if we are to ever be able to do something beyond curling up in the fetal position with a bag of stale potato chips in our hands (don’t judge), we have to learn to interrogate and reckon with our thoughts.
Resource: Reckoning with Our Thoughts
One of the resources that I have created and use with my clients (as well as with myself) are seven self-reflection journal prompts. Without further ado, here are the 7-Questions: Reckoning with My Thoughts:
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Although we are bombarded with information of all kind at every turn, we can bring our thoughts under control.
2 Timothy 1:7 in the King James version of the Bible says that “God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.” It is that same power, love and sound mind that will support us in creating love, justice and liberation in ourselves and in the world.
But first, we must heed the words of our good Sister Toni Jones…