Repost @broadviewpsychology OPPOSITE ACTION: This is a very…
OPPOSITE ACTION: This is a very popular DBT skill! We want to act opposite to our urges, when the urges are likely to get us in trouble, make things worse, or get us stuck for too long. .
For example – if you are angry, there is probably a very valid reason for you to feel that way! However, it is not always in your best interest to lash out (which is the most common angry urge). Here, it may be more helpful to act opposite by choosing to gently avoid the source of your anger, take space, and return once you’re feeling calmer. .
Another example – if you are anxious, your urge may be to avoid. However, we know that avoiding things can make us more anxious over time and is not helpful if we need to get things done. Here, opposite action may mean doing the thing anyways, approaching the thing you are anxious about, and facing your fear. .
The important think to remember about opposite action is this: your emotion can be valid and you do not have to act on it all the time #dialecticalbehaviortherapy #mentalhealth #oppositeaction #dbtskills #emotionregulation