A MUST KNOW, BELIEVE, UNDERSTAND
Epictetus: "It's not facts and events that upset man, but the view he takes of them."
Form pieces in depth
5 Rules For Rational Thinking
Seeables, nonseeables ("about")
Possibly print for yourself, to use as a reference/guidance as you complete a belief analysis.
See an example of using the form included in Rational Self Analysis Form.- note that this form is the "usual form", but that I've also done a The ABCDEF Super-Form, Complete Version. (For any "Word" form, download Microsoft Word Viewer, for free, if you cannot see the footnotes!) You can create your own form just by following the processes in the boxes below.
Be specific, detailed and complete - or you'll be missing sufficient clarity to move forward! And if are not complete about it, you will continue a bad habit of not being complete and not completing your thinking.
Write A, B, and C first! (Note that A1 can bring up sets of B1 which creates C1, where C1 leads to B2 set of beliefs which has you feel C2 emotions, and so on, one feeding on the other.)
The Objective Of This: To form the habit (automatic, effortless pattern) of thinking rationally, not letting the irrational and toxic continue for even a minute. To do this, I must practice and repeat often, as with any new habit formation. At least 4 times a day at first, for a month. Note that some of this won't "feel right" until you get used to it (read Cognitive Dissonance). A form of practice lies in imagining or visualizing experiences and thinking. Do that twice a day, completely.
Use of another person: Have the other person grade you for completion level, probably using a % level - and then you go back and complete it as much as you can before getting comments on the content from another.
THE BASIC FORM - A mock-up, with more space in it, so you can actually use it as a form or as individual pages is at The ABCDEF Super-Form, Complete Version. This includes links to pages explaining each section and how to use it in more depth. You can use the smaller section boxes below for reference when you are completing a form, as a guide to what to include.
These are the basic sections:
B. What I said about it
C1. Consequential feelings
C2. Consequential actions
I've completed "boxes", below, explaining what is in each of the sections.
After the section boxes below:
The 5 Rules For Rational Thinking. Glance at those
What is "Seeable" and "Nonseeable". (A valuable distinction in discerning between what is real and what isn't.)
An alternative sequence that could be used.
Vital - Proper Use Of Words (A "must" in any derivation of effective languaging.