What if we could “reprogram” our brain? Counter the ideas which demean, which sadden? In our podcast “Minute Papillon! », We talk about it with Thierry Nadisic, associate professor at EM Lyon Business School, lecturer, coach, author of Thrive in times of crisis (Editions Eyrolles, 14.90 euros). This work offers “21 techniques of positive psychology”. Among them, the “ABCDE method”, founded by the American psychologist Albert Ellis, who proposes to “positively reprogram” his brain.
This technique comes from behavioral and cognitive therapies (CBT). It aims to notice our tendency to distance ourselves from the facts in order to focus on their interpretation. However, the latter is often influenced, even polluted by unfounded beliefs. And these false beliefs have consequences for our emotions and behaviors.
Behavioral and cognitive theories
In this episode, we first of all wonder about “positive psychology”. Is this a theory to see life in candy pink, to deceive ourselves? “Saying to yourself, looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning: ‘everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds’, that doesn’t work. Positive psychology, or the psychology of resources, rather consists in going to see, locate, and make fruitful, develop, the resources which one has in us ”, underlines Thierry Nadisic.
While “today, the crisis is lasting, in a state of new normal”, Thierry Nadisic evokes the “ABCDE method”. “This technique, used initially to treat people with depression, can be used by everyone, because we all have more or less strong neuroses,” he recalls.
“Very often there is a filter, […] very strong unfounded beliefs that we do not see, and that we call the iceberg, ”notes Thierry Nadisic. The goal is to seek out our bias in beliefs, then to dismantle our errors in judgments about ourselves in order to free ourselves from them and act. This inner mechanics requires regular practice, and a step back on oneself. “When we got used to seeing its inner workings as being a mechanism, a construction […] over which we can have some control, it’s easier, ”underlines the author. This technique would also make it possible to act on strong emotions.
According to Thierry Nadisic, “we can decide to say to ourselves, when we experience a strong emotion:” Be careful, this strong emotion is not the direct result of an event “. Emotion is a construction that comes from thoughts about what just happened. So if we look at these thoughts, we can, in part, transform our reactions. “
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