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Change Your Life with CBT by Corinne Sweet

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Chapter 2

Understanding what makes you tick

‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’

Plato

Do you know who you are? Do you understand how you think? Have you any idea why you do the things you do? Many of us go through life not really understanding why we get upset when we do, or why we feel certain moods, how we react to things, or what makes us have our up days and down nights. We say, ‘That’s just me’ or ‘I guess I’m just like that’, without understanding how or what really makes us tick. Learning more about yourself, what triggers your anger, what makes you happy, irritable or sad, what makes you work those extra hours, or reach for the wine bottle when fed up, or line up your pencils in a row when stressed, can be a fascinating journey ...

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