Son Doesn't Do What I Ask
: My son doesn't take out the trash when I ask him to.
: irritated, annoyed
: 5—moderately upset but manageable
: “I told him the garbage was piling up. He should know that I want him to take it out but he is just lazy and inconsiderate. I shouldn't even have to tell him!”
CAN YOU IDENTIFY THE IRRATIONAL THINKING IN THIS EXAMPLE?
There are at least 3 irrational beliefs.
HOW CAN YOU CHANGE THE THINKING?
What is another way of thinking about the situation that won't cause the feelings of irritated and annoyed?
The Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help app helps you to determine
some ways to challenge the irrational thinking.
Once you have done that, it is important to read
the rational challenges frequently until they
automatically come to mind rather than the
1) Mind-Reading Expectations
.This father is expecting his son to know what he wants without explicitly telling him. Instead, he dropped a hint without a specific request but believing that his son should know what he meant.
. Not only is he expecting his son to know what he wants, but he very clearly has a demand that his son should know what he is thinking. He believes that he shouldn't have to clearly communicate. This belief is likely to lead to greater frustration and conflict.
. The father then labels his son as lazy and inconsiderate based upon the son not being able to read his mind and know what he wants.
Is there generally evidence regarding the son being lazy or is the father making a global judgment based on a single behavior?
How Can This Thinking Be Changed?
“I wasn't very clear with my son. Next time I will tell him specifically what I want and when. Also, labeling my son as lazy and inconsiderate is not fair or accurate. He is generally considerate of others. I just can't expect him to read my mind."
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