Distress Intolerant Beliefs

These are beliefs people have acquired through their lives which tend to center around the notion that negative emotions are bad and will lead to really bad, unbearable and unacceptable consequences. The result is that these beliefs turn negative emotions into highly distressing events. Here are some examples of distress intolerant beliefs:

1. It’s unbearable

2. I can’t stand this

3. I hate this feeling

4. I must stop this feeling

5. I must get rid of it

6. Take it away

7. This feeling will keep going on forever It is wrong to feel this way

8. It’s weak

9. It's stupid and unacceptable

10. I can’t cope with this feeling

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