Roger Baker, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust and
Neil Eskelin, the author of Yes Yes Living in a No No World.
Published in the Sunday Times, November 2003
|Ruminate: go over something upsetting; keep picking at yourself; rehearse arguments you have had, again & again.
|Consider yourself a failure and keep reminding yourself that you always will be
|Feed your hypochondria. Monitor your bodily sensations constantly
|Be a black and white perfectionist. Minimise the positive and emphasise the negative in your unachievable quest for perfection
|Don’t be holistic. Look purely for physical reasons for any vague sensations of unwellness. Blame any lack of progress with them on your doctor.
|Lose your perspective on things and keep it lost: don’t put first things first
|Worry hard about something about which you can do nothing
|Be right. Be always right. Be the only one who is always right and be rigid in your rightness
|Don’t trust or believe people or accept them at anything but their worst and weakest. Be suspicious
|Always compare yourself unfavourable to others
|Take personally everything that happens to you
|Don’t give yourself wholeheartedly to anyone or anything