What have you learned from CBT?

I am currently going to therapy for cognitive behavioral therapy. I have come to realize I have low resilience, that is I don’t bounce back well from crisis. I spoke with my therapist some about overcoming fear and we talked about not catastrophizing so much and learning to accept that things can be okay. I’m not explaining it well.

Anyway, what are some helpful tips or tricks you’ve learned from CBT? They might help someone on this site.

My therapist and I are working on me not being so connected to my thoughts, defuse from them it’s what he calls it. Has to do with the fact that I believed I was God, and with my intrusive thoughts turning me into a bad person, paranoia, etc. It’s working, I no longer believe I’m God, I no longer think I’m a bad person for having intrusive thoughts, my paranoia is way better, when a bit of it arises I can take a step back and see that it’s just paranoia, and not go along with the thought.

Also, with a help of a few CBT workbooks I found the “thoughts are clouds” and “thoughts are trains” coping skills, and they help a lot.

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Do you find thoughts are clouds or thoughts are trains works with fear? What would you say it’s most useful for?

Depends, if the fear comes with a lot of anxiety it’s very hard for me to defuse from those thoughts, but hey, I’m still working on it, I started these exercises just a few months ago. The first few months of therapy were just so I could gain trust with my therapist, and I have a lot of trust issues, so it took a while.

I have a daydream to go along with Ms. Minnii’s “Trains of Thought.” She explained that there’s two trains: the Rational Train en route to Rationalville, and the Delusional Train en route to Delusionsburg. So I picture a boarding platform with a train on both sides; left is delusional, right is rational. And I picture myself hopping onto the Rational Train and allow it to “pull” my thoughts away from delusions as it pulls away from the station. As I picture all of this I ask myself, “What’s the rational explanation for this? How would a ‘sane’ person see this situation?” And I hop onto the train as I answer.

This method has kept me calm and sane on more than one night. Many nights.

Childish? Perhaps. But it works wonders.

all of these respones look Robotic… js. anyway. if you want to win yea CBT win. best Soulution. Don’t care what (country) you live in. I know who my Prez is.

I learned that it’s ok to be weak, it’s ok to be damaged, it’s ok to be rejected, it’s ok to get seriously sick, that even if all my worst fears are true I’ll still be ok. It’s ok to live a damaged life. It’s ok.


I would absolutely love to be able to say that. I would like to get to the point where I can say bad things happened and that’s okay. Here’s to hoping that can happen.

i don’t particularly believe in it for schizophrenia. maybe phobias. i prefer “discovering the specific, underlying fear” which essentially always has to do with humiliation. once you pinpoint it, it becomes obvious you can withstand it and the fear becomes manageable.

When I start getting delusional thoughts I can usually defuse them by asking myself ‘is this a normal thought?’ and if the answer is No then it becomes easier to defuse them.

CBT was so helpful for my anxiety. I learned how to stop catastrophizing everything and going over worst case scenarios was really helpful to me because I realized that actual worst case scenarios weren’t even that bad…and it just helped me recognize bad thought patterns and learn how to reroute them or stop them before they spiral.