Hi, I’m Dr David Purves. I’d like to offer this strange image to you, if you like, really.
Threat is a soup of different ingredients.
Now, if you think about soup, it has all sorts of ingredients in it, right? Carrots, onions, potatoes, beans, whatever you like. So, soups can be basically anything, lots of different ingredients.
It’s rare to have a soup with just one ingredient. Well, threat is also a soup of different ingredients.
We kind of perceive it in here as just a sense of threat, but actually it’s a combination of many things. And unless we recognize what those things are, we simply experience and feel the threat, and it feels like, well, we can’t do anything about it because it’s not well enough defined and that means we feel a bit helpless.
So, here’s a thought for you. Threat has all these different ingredients. Let me just quickly run through them. They won’t all necessarily apply to you, although they might do. The first thing is, that you’re unlikely to have arrived at threat from just out of the blue, right? That you have the memory of past events that have created this sense of threat for you. And you may have felt threatened before.
You may have felt threatened for a considerable period of time. The memory that you have of previous experiences is potent because we are, to a large extent, the sum total of our memories. How you think about yourself? Your self-image is a really important ingredient in your threat soup, your soup of threat.
If you think of yourself as weak, then you’re going to feel more vulnerable. If you think of yourself as strong, and you’re going to feel less vulnerable.
You could be the same person though, right? How you think about yourself is, kind of, malleable and moveable and not necessarily accurate, and not necessarily helpful if you struggle with panic, anxiety, depression, or stress.
Are you confident that you can achieve what you want to achieve?
Typically, with a pervasive sense of threat, there is a loss of confidence. A loss of a feeling of being able to make what you need to make happen, happen.
Now, I kind of think about confidence in a really simple way, actually. It is just that, I am confident that if I do this, it will turn out how I want it to turn out ’cause that’s really what we’re kind of, that’s really what confidence is, actually. But if you’re feeling not confident, if that’s part of one of the ingredients of your soup, then you’re really saying, I’m not sure that I can do this. I’m not sure that I’ve got the capability to make it happen.
Another really important ingredient is this. Do you expect things to turn out well for you, or do you expect them to turn out poorly? Do you travel hopefully, or do you travel pessimistically? Do you feel that it’s always likely that something’s gonna go wrong, that it’s just, it could just all go terribly wrong, and there’s not really very much you can do about it? Well, if you do, you’re kind of predicting the future, and if you can predict the future, my recommendation to you is, and I want you to take this very seriously.
If you can predict the future, you should definitely buy lottery tickets ’cause it’s guaranteed that you’re gonna win. If you do buy lottery tickets, and you don’t win, perhaps you can’t predict the future, but you feel like you can. That’s a different thing all together. A lot of what we do as human beings is habit, right?
We have habits of behavior, we have habits of mannerism, and we have habits of thought. And threat, a large part of threat, might just be a habit of thought.
Now, a phrase that I like to use is this, right? Problems exist and persist, exist and persist in the absence of an alternative. That might be that you’re just exercising habits of threat, and you’re not really exercising an alternative just to turn them off.
And, finally, the last ingredient I want to mention is, you might have a supportive environment or you might have a destructive or non-supportive environment. And that really matters because human beings are not meant to be isolated. We’re not meant to be alone. We’re not meant to be on our own. We’re meant to be part of a human team, and if you have a non-supportive or maybe even destructive environment, then it’s really easy to feel threatened, and it’s much harder to feel safe.
Now, why am I telling you about this threat soup? Because, I’ve developed an approach that will deal with this quite adequately. It’s called Active Self Help-CBT. Now, CBT itself is a therapist-based, really effective treatment for panic, anxiety, depression, and stress.
But you might not have a therapist. You might not want to pay for a therapist. You might not want to go through that expense and just the trial and tribulation of finding a therapist. And not all therapists, in fairness, offer good quality CBT.
So, I’ve taken CBT and over many years, I’ve developed a set of tools and strategies that have made it what I call Active Self Help. So, now, you can do all of the CBT that you need to do yourself, working through my video courses, and my structured algorithms, which will help you to, really, genuinely, remove the threat completely.
So, if you want to get ahold of Active Self Help CBT, and if you want to actually get rid of the soup of threat, and if you want to do something which is like to help yourself, where you are in charge of your emotional and mental journey, rather than circumstances, environment, whatever you like being in charge.
And, certainly, you don’t want the soup of threat being in charge. Then, get on my Active Self Help-CBT courses. This is a new way, I’ve called it the 21st century way of delivering therapy, to be honest, because their aren’t enough therapists. So, get on the Active Self Help-CBT path, and change your life. You can change your life because your mental health matters most to you.
Now, I want to make the barrier of entry really low, so you can get on the Active Self Help-CBT programs for one English pound, for one pound. For the first two weeks, it’s just a pound, and thereafter, it’s about the price of a Starbucks per day, and that’s not very much.
So, there’s no real financial barrier, and if you don’t feel like you have enough to be able to afford a Starbucks a day, still jump on and download and use as much as you can.
You have access to the largest Active Self Help-CBT video and program library in the world for one pound, and it’s yours to use completely as much as you like.
There’s no limitation. So, if you want to change your life, and if you want to get rid of the soup of threat, so that it’s no longer swimming around and affecting your life, then jump on the Active Self Help-CBT program.
So, Dr Purves, the fantastic Dr Purves, Active Self Help-CBT programs. One pound. And leave comments, and I look forward to seeing you inside.
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