“The world is dangerous”
- Calculating probabilities of specific events.
- Listing advantages/disadvantages of current worldview.
- Cost–benefit analysis of specific vigilance and avoidance behaviors.
- Identifying reasonable precautions.
“Events are unpredictable and uncontrollable.”
- Listing advantages/disadvantages of belief.
- Listing areas of life over which one has some control, and rating the degree of control for each.
- Doing a cost–benefit analysis of specific efforts at prediction/control.
- Keeping a daily log of behaviours that produce predicted outcomes.
- Engaging in behaviours with high probability of predictable outcome.
- Accepting that some events are unpredictable.
“I am incompetent.”
- Examining evidence for competence in daily life.
- Examining unreasonable expectation of competence in extreme an (unusual circumstances.
- Keeping a daily log of competent coping.
- Using graded task assignment.
“Other people cannot be trusted.”
- Listing known persons who are trustworthy, and listing specific ways in which each can be trusted.
- Rating people on a continuum of trustworthiness.
- Examining one’s history of relationship choices and if better alternatives are available?
- Conducting behavioral experiments involving trusting others in small ways.
- Keeping a daily log of people who honour commitments.
“Life is meaningless.”
- Listing activities that formerly were rewarding.
- Scheduling pleasurable/rewarding activities.
- Recognizing feelings of loss as a way of confirming meaning.
- Examining which goals and activities are longer useful/adaptive.
- Working toward an acceptance of death.
- Finding meaning in each day.