Rational Thinking  –  Education & Therapy

As We Think

Rational thinking is the ability to consider the relevant variables of a situation and to access, organize, and analyze relevant information (e.g., facts, opinions, judgments, and data) to arrive at a sound conclusion.

The Rational Thinking workshop presents how our everyday thinking, about situations, circumstances, memories and projections, are too often not sound conclusions which can, and often do, stir up a lot of unnecessary distress based on underlying assumptions and conclusions, which may be faulty. How we think about things, the language we use to describe experience, the assumptions and conclusions we have made about ourselves, and about others, has a huge influence on how we feel and how we interact with the world. What if some of those currently operative assumptions and conclusions of yours are not correct?

There are situations in our world we cannot change, but we do have the capacity to change the way we think, the way we use language, within ourselves, and with others, which can make all the difference.

Cognitive Fault Zones

There are many cognitive fault zones in our everyday thinking. They are such a part of our style as to be considered normal. And yet, normal is not necessarily optimal. In today’s world, rational thinking is not part of our educational curriculum, so it’s not something we learned in school; but, it can be an important ingredient in living an optimal life.

Learning to think and use language in a way that can alleviate and prevent psychological dis-ease and contribute to our well-being is a positive step that benefits not only ourselves, but those with whom we interact as well. Some of our cognitive faults are so common we can easily recognize them right away; other faults are so basic that we had never considered them as faults. But, they are, and can put us on shaky ground.

By the end of the Rational Thinking Workshop, participants have a basic understanding about, and practical skills to repair, the most common cognitive faults. We are not born with cognitive faults in place. We adopt them, often unwittingly; but, we can repair them, and feel better.

The Repair Approach

The Rational Thinking Workshop exposes the most common cognitive faults, how they impact us, and how to best enact repairs. A ‘cognitive fault’ is a a way of thinking that can easily trip us into mood disorders and behavioral dysfunctions. These cognitive faults can cause us to fall into worry, anxiety,depression, anger, and a host of moods and behaviors which are usually not desired.

Most people when given the chance to build their home on a fault or solid ground, would choose solid ground. If faults are pointed out, the wise choice is to repair them. Rational Thinking is therapeutic education about how to repair the cognitive faults,with a set of cognitive tools; it’s a practical class on how to build a more solid psychological foundation for living life well in this rather crazy world.

Understanding how rational thinking works, having the tools available, we can repair our own cognitive faults with more rational thinking, and experience more stability in a changing and uncertain world with improved mental health and well-being.

Evidence-Based Information

The Rational Thinking Workshop draws on evidence-based approaches to mental health. The material presented is a body of understanding that has been shown effective in the treatment of every day and more severe emotional and behavioral problems. The information is easy to grasp and very applicable to daily life. If you are experiencing anxieties, depression, anger,trauma, mood disorders, relationship problems, the information contained in the Rational Thinking Workshop is for you.

Learn It, Use It

Although the workshop is information-packed, it is also experiential in that participants practice applying rational thinking to everyday situations and circumstances that typically generate unwanted moods, emotions and behaviors. By the end of the workshop, participants know how to use language to think in ways that are more realistic and more conducive to feeling better.

“The great advantage of being human is that we can employ rational thought and resolve to change our circumstances.” – Mariella Frostrup

“One of the most interesting things about the cognitive theory is the idea that anger and interpersonal conflict ultimately result from a mental con. In other words, you’re telling yourself things that aren’t entirely true when you’re fighting with someone.”– David D. Burns

“What should we think of someone who never admits error, never entertains doubt but adheres unflinchingly to the same ideas all his life, regardless of new evidence? Doubt and skepticism are signs of rationality. When we are too certain of our opinions, we run the risk of ignoring any evidence that conflicts with our views. It is doubt that shows we are still thinking, still willing to reexamine hardened beliefs when confronted with new facts and new evidence.”– Diane Ravitch