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Dr. Harris Jensen releases strategies for stress managment

By harrisjensen - Posted on 16 November 2009

"Chart 16" reviews secrets he's learned in 15 years of doing cognitive behavior therapy

Soon to be released in new book

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal


"How can I turn around my anger when it hits me," a patient recently asked me.  "What's a simple way?  I don't have time to read some long book."

I now refer many people to Chart 16 at

This is a review of many of the thinking errors and communication mishaps that are like traffic accidents in the mind.  They create a mess with lots of consequences.  So to know these mistakes, it is like seeing trouble in advance.  It is as if you can see an icy street up ahead and you know what to do.  Avoid it!  It is as if you see trouble ahead in the form of a reckless driver...and you know what to do...avoid him!

Many times in cognitive behavior therapy, the therapist and patient will arrive at some conclusion about what is a certain error in one's thinking or actions, or in communication.  Then a name is placed on the mistake, in a way to say "stay awar from this one!  I learned my lesson here!  This is trouble!"

So much of our life is created by the words we use to think our thoughts.  Knowing which ones to avoid makes life so much easier.  You can see things much clearer. 

Spotting thinking mistakes and naming them is like using the windshield wipers for the mind.  The mind after a while will start automatically "wiping away" those thinking mistakes, now that you've associated them with "trouble."  That work is done with the prefrontal cortex in the brain, the large area in the front part of the brain dedicated to processing information coming in from our memory and our five senses, and making an "association" as to whether a certain thing is "safe" or "dangerous."


Hope you find the list useful!