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Creative CBT Comic #7: The Impossible Standard - "Should" and "Must" Statements.

CBT should statements comic

This comic is based off of Aaron Beck's thinking error #11: "should" or "must" statements. People often have strong beliefs and goals for what they "should" be like. Sometimes these goals are so demanding that they are almost unachievable. This comic is about on those impossible standards that we set for ourselves.

In another comic I will touch on the issue of goals or standards imposed on us by others. No matter what the source, such high standards can create a great deal of anxiety and can ultimately lead to depression when, inevitably, the standards are not met. Do you torture yourself with "should" statements/high standards? Do you know someone who does?
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