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DBT Emotion Regulation Skills

PsychPeace | 1:05:32


The title of this video is D B T Therapy Emotion Regulation Skills, the Definitive Guide Part one. I am fully aware that this is a pretty bold claim. Any title with the definitive guide in it sounds like a marketing trick, doesn't it? But I assure you, I intend nothing other than to give you what the title of this video Promises in Return.

What I want from you is to practice these skills after working as a psychologist for the last eight years. I have never seen anybody experience real benefits from just reading or listening to D B T. Unlike some therapies, D B T is heavily exercise based to receive maximum benefits. I advise you to use D B T as it's intended by practicing its specific skills.

Before we get into it, let me give you a quick overview. In dialectical behavior therapy, there are four skill modules. One of them is emotion regulation skills. You can see the four modules as the pillars of D B T. The emotion regulation module is made up of nine different skills. In part one of this video, we'll be discussing five of them, and in part two, the remaining four.

This video is filled with examples, information, and exercises. It is not meant to be watched and done in one sitting. Instead, it is something that you can continuously come back to as you learn more and more about DBTs emotion regulation skills. The exercises build upon each other, so please do them in order for maximum benefit.

So let's get started by first asking ourselves, what the hell is an emotion in the first place? To put it simply, emotions are just messages. Messages that the body sends out to let you know what is going on inside of you. The body can have all sorts of different reasons to send out messages, but most of the time the messages are about what's good or bad for you.

Maybe this sounds strange to you because you may at the moment experience your emotions as a source of stress instead of a helpful guide, or maybe you don't believe we should trust our emotions in the first place. When you hear advice like follow your emotions, do what feels right. A lot of the time, drugs, fast food and immediate sexual gratification comes to mind.

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