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Turn a negative into something else – Reframing

shutterstock_218269351Everyone has situations and interactions, which they feel negatively about. What if you could change your view of an event and so lose the bad feelings? This technique is known as ‘reframing’.

Imagine this morning on the way to work you saw a friend and stopped to say hello. Instead of being friendly she was quite abrupt with you, which left you feeling upset and wondering what you’d done wrong.

It would be easy to spend the day feeling bad and moaning to yourself and others about her behavior.  However if you were to reframe your view of the situation you could have a very different day. So taking the example about your friend this morning you could try these reframes:

  1.  Maybe she was having a bad day and was worried about something that was nothing to do with me
  2. I’ve been meaning to call her anyway, so this is a good reason to check she’s okay
  3. I know I’ve done nothing to upset her, so it’s out of my control. I’ll just let it go

None of these reframes would make you feel happy about the interaction; but they would allow you to stop worrying or feeling negative and enjoy your day.

You can use this technique in any situation that irritates, angers or upsets you. Why not give it a try by thinking about a time recently when you felt any of these emotions. Then try reframing the situation, how do you feel about it now?

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Turn a negative into something else – Reframing

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