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    Mastering DBT for Criticism & Rejection Sensitivity: Unlock Your Wise Mind

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    Feeling overly sensitive to criticism and rejection can be a challenging experience. It can lead to negative self-talk, self-doubt, and even avoidance behaviour. However, there is a technique that can help you manage these difficult emotions.

    It’s called the DBT technique, which stands for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. This approach encourages individuals to use their wise mind – a balance between emotional and rational thinking. In this blog post, we will explore what wise mind is, why it doesn’t always work, and what to do when it fails.

    l will also share 27 powerful, wise mind questions to help you get started. Plus, we’ve got an exciting offer for you – a chance to join our 5-Day Healing from Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) Challenge™ to get a sneak peek into the 90-day Overcoming Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) Playbook™.

    Let’s get started!

    Understanding Wise Mind through DBT

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed by emotions that seem to take control of your thoughts and actions, leaving you distressed? This is a common experience, especially during times of criticism and rejection. But what if you could learn to balance your emotions and thoughts to find inner peace and stability? This is where a concept known as Wise Mind comes in.

    Wise Mind is a concept used in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) that involves finding a balance between our emotional and rational minds.

    Our emotional mind drives our feelings and impulses, while our rational mind helps us think logically and make decisions. When we are in Wise Mind, we are able to use both our emotional and rational minds in harmony, allowing us to make informed decisions and respond to situations in a calm and effective manner.

    So how can you tap into your Wise Mind? One way is to practice mindfulness, which involves being fully present in the moment and observing your thoughts and emotions without judgement. By doing so, you can begin to identify the thoughts and emotions that are driving your reactions and learn to approach them in a more rational and balanced way. Other DBT techniques, such as opposite action and radical acceptance, can help you further develop your Wise Mind and learn to respond to situations in a way that aligns with your values and goals.

    In conclusion, Wise Mind is a concept that can help you find balance and stability in times of distress. By learning to tap into your Wise Mind through DBT techniques such as mindfulness, opposite action, and radical acceptance, you can approach situations with a sense of clarity and calmness, allowing you to make informed decisions and respond in a way that aligns with your values and goals.

    27 Powerful Wise Mind Questions

    Practising Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques can be helpful if you’re feeling overly sensitive to criticism and rejection. One of the most effective techniques is using wise-mind questions to encourage self-reflection and emotional regulation.

    Wise mind questions are designed to help you access your wise mind, the part of your mind that integrates your logical and emotional selves. By asking yourself these questions, you can gain insight into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and learn to respond to them more calmly.

    Here are some powerful, wise mind questions to get you started:

    Questions for Reflection

    • What emotions am I feeling right now?
    • What thoughts are contributing to these emotions?
    • What physical sensations am I experiencing?
    • How can I soothe my body right now?
    • What values are important to me?
    • How can I align my actions with my values?
    • What can I learn from this situation?
    • What would I say to a friend going through this?
    • What do I need right now?

    Questions for Problem-Solving

    • What is the problem I’m facing?
    • What are my options?
    • What are the potential consequences of each option?
    • What is the best-case scenario?
    • What is the worst-case scenario?
    • What is the most realistic outcome?
    • What resources do I have available?
    • What resources do I need?
    • Who can I ask for help?

    Questions for Perspective-Taking

    • What might the other person be feeling?
    • What might the other person be thinking?
    • What might the other person’s intentions be?
    • What might have influenced their behaviour?
    • How might I have contributed to the situation?
    • What assumptions am I making?
    • What evidence do I have to support these assumptions?
    • What evidence contradicts these assumptions?
    • What other perspectives can I consider?

    Asking yourself wise mind questions is a powerful way to engage your inner wisdom and find clarity in difficult situations. Take a moment to reflect on the questions above and see how they can help you navigate criticism and rejection with greater ease and resilience.

    Why Wise Mind Doesn’t Work

    Have you ever tried to use the Wise Mind technique to manage your emotions, only to find that it doesn’t seem to work for you? If so, you’re not alone. While Wise Mind can be an effective tool for many people, it doesn’t work for everyone. Here are a few reasons why:

    1. You Haven’t Fully Understood the Concept

    Wise Mind is a concept that can be difficult to grasp at first. It involves finding a balance between your emotional and logical minds and requires a deep understanding of both. If you haven’t taken the time to understand the concept fully, it can be difficult to put into practice.

    2. You’re Not Using It Consistently

    Like any skill, using Wise Mind takes practice. If you’re only using it sporadically, or only when you’re in crisis mode, it’s not going to be as effective as it could be. To truly reap the benefits of Wise Mind, you need to make it a part of your daily routine and use it consistently.

    3. You’re Not Willing to Let Go of Control

    Wise Mind requires a certain level of surrender. You need to be willing to let go of control and trust that the universe will guide you in the right direction. If you’re someone who likes to be in control at all times, this can be a difficult concept to accept. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your emotions, it can be difficult to access wise mind. When your emotional mind is in control, it can be hard to think logically or make decisions that are in your best interest. In this case, it might be helpful to practice some distress tolerance techniques before trying to access wise mind.

    4. You’re Not Willing to Be Vulnerable

    Using Wise Mind requires vulnerability. You need to be willing to be open and honest with yourself, and to acknowledge your emotions without judgment. If you’re not willing to be vulnerable, you may find it difficult to connect with your emotions in a meaningful way.

    5. You Haven’t Found the Right Teacher or Guide

    Finally, it’s important to remember that not all teachers or guides are created equal. If you’re struggling with Wise Mind, it’s possible that you haven’t found the right person to guide you through the process. Keep searching until you find someone who resonates with you and who can help you unlock the full potential of this powerful technique.

    6. Cognitive Distortions

    Cognitive distortions, or negative thinking patterns, can also make it difficult to access wise mind. If you’re stuck in negative thinking patterns, it can be hard to see things clearly or make decisions that are in your best interest. In this case, it might be helpful to work with your therapist to identify and challenge these distortions.

    7. Trauma

    If you’ve experienced trauma, accessing wise mind can be especially difficult. Trauma can create a lot of emotional dysregulation, making it hard to connect with your rational mind. In this case, it’s important to work with a therapist who has experience in trauma treatment and can help you develop the skills you need to access wise mind.

    By understanding why Wise Mind might not work for you, you can begin to address these issues and find a way to use the technique effectively. Don’t give up on Wise Mind – it can be a valuable tool for managing your emotions and living a more fulfilling life.

    When Wise Mind Doesn’t Work, Try This Technique

    When we are feeling overly sensitive to criticism and rejection, it can be difficult to access our wise mind. Our emotions can cloud our judgment and prevent us from thinking logically.

    Trying a different technique to regulate our emotions and regain control of our thoughts can be helpful in these moments. One such technique is called “Opposite Action.” This technique is part of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), which focuses on regulating emotions, improving interpersonal relationships, and building distress tolerance skills.

    Opposite Action involves doing the opposite of what our emotions tell us. For example, if we feel sad and want to isolate ourselves, we would do the opposite and reach out to a friend or loved one for support. If we are feeling anxious and want to avoid a situation, we would do the opposite and face the situation head-on.


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    Opposite Action can be a powerful tool for regulating our emotions and helping us make decisions based on logic rather than our emotions. By doing the opposite of what our emotions are telling us to do, we can break the cycle of negative thinking and behaviour. It is important to note that Opposite Action is not about denying or suppressing our emotions. It is about acknowledging our emotions and choosing to act in a way that is helpful and effective.

    Next time you find yourself struggling to access your wise mind, try Opposite Action. Ask yourself what your emotions are telling you to do and then do the opposite. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but with practice, it can become a valuable tool for regulating your emotions and improving your overall well-being.

    Join the 5-Day Healing from Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) Challenge™

    Are you tired of feeling overly sensitive to criticism and rejection? Do you find yourself constantly seeking validation and reassurance from others? If so, you may be experiencing Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD). This condition can cause immense emotional pain and hinder personal and professional growth. But don’t worry, help is available through the 5-Day Healing from Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) Challenge™. This challenge will provide a sneak peek into the 90-day Overcoming Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) Playbook™.

    Through a series of guided exercises and activities, you will gain a better understanding of your RSD and learn practical tools to overcome it. The challenge is completely free and can be done from the comfort of your own home. During the challenge, you will learn about the following topics:

    • Identifying triggers and symptoms of RSD
    • Understanding the impact of RSD on your life
    • Learning coping mechanisms for RSD
    • Practising self-compassion and self-care
    • Creating a plan for long-term RSD management

    By completing the 5-Day Healing from Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) Challenge™, you will be well on your way to overcoming your RSD and living a more fulfilling life. Don’t let rejection and criticism hold you back any longer. Join the challenge today and take the first step towards a happier and healthier you.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, being overly sensitive to criticism and rejection can be tough. However, by practising the DBT technique of Wise Mind, you can find a way to balance your emotional and rational selves. Remember to ask yourself the 27 powerful questions to help you understand your emotions and why you’re feeling the way you are. And if Wise Mind doesn’t work for you, don’t worry – there are other techniques you can try.

    The 5 Day Healing from Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) Challenge™ is a great way to get a sneak peek into the 90-day Overcoming Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) Playbook™, which has helped many people overcome their sensitivity to rejection. So, take the first step towards healing today and try out some of these techniques. With time and practice, you can learn to manage your emotions better and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

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