The LFT thought-form – managing low frustration tolerance self talk with CBT

The LFT thought-form – managing low frustration tolerance self discuss with CBT

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The Low Frustration Tolerance ‘thought kind’ worksheet

Many individuals who are suffering from stress issues develop Low Frustration Tolerance (LFT) – it is a time period coined by one of many founding fathers of CBT, Dr Albert Ellis, referring to after we think about we can’t and is not going to and shouldn’t should tolerate circumstances that frustrate us (eg circumstances that trigger us discomfort, and anger us). “I WILL NOT  TOLERATE THIS!!!” *tears door off hinges *kicks the cat…

Which in fact shouldn’t be fairly rational, on condition that when now we have a stress dysfunction, just about every thing frustrates us, so we frequently trigger ourselves and others pointless upset by over-responding to occasions and conditions that in actuality are the truth is not that large a deal, or are even benign or impartial. So how can we study to be cooler and develop excessive frustration tolerance and rational consciousness and self administration of this unhealthy behavior? Thought cease, pause and re-evaluate, and handle your self discuss and behavior intentionally – time and again till you’ve got new default ‘good habits’.

‘Know what you possibly can management and what you can not management, that’s the secret to good steadiness’, (thanks Greek stoics). The concept that now we have a supreme ‘entitlement’ to not be triggered any discomfort is irrational. Typically it merely is what it’s, plus be aware that if stress is distorting your considering, and inflicting a trippy nervous system and excessive emotional states, properly you possibly can’t even be trusted as a dependable narrator of precisely what the scenario is.


Thought Stopping: start to construct a brand new behavior of noticing conditions the place you’re utilizing the low frustration tolerance distorted considering behavior – and consciously and intentionally interrupt and disrupt it. Cool your self down with rational reframing as an alternative – go from 70% anger to 35% irritation in seconds, then let it go… It’s a science, consider it

Abstract: reframe and substitute: Discover the LFT – cease it in its tracks – look at it for proof – and substitute it with different wholesome considering. Really feel higher. Behave higher. Dump the behavior. This technique works finest in case you WRITE IT DOWN within the first couple of weeks – discover the way you clarify issues to your self, look at the considering, and reshape it with precise literal statements which can be in your phrases and language.


That is referred to as ‘studying by discovery, and is extra prone to stick in your head as a ability that may be executed rapidly as a psychological process.

The next desk provides basic examples and exhibits you the way it’s executed. Make your individual extra particular to deal with your specific patterns:


Low Frustration Tolerance considering: Reframe with a Rational Thought Substitute
I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TOLERATE – so I cannot tolerate this. It’s very foolish (irrational) to think about I shouldn’t should tolerate issues I discover irritating, as a result of my stress is a dysfunction and I discover just about every thing irritating! Even benign impartial occasions. So… that’s not going to work out. It’s extra true and rational to thought-stop and remind myself that I’m over responding to occasions and conditions that aren’t actually a giant deal, and that I can settle for actuality in a cooler and extra proportional means, and that I do have the assets to manage.

{Breathe it down…. Reframe… )

I CAN NOT TOLERATE – so I’m justifed in exploding with anger at this INJUSTICE! The concept that I can’t tolerate conditions I disapprove of: peoples behaviour, random occasions, unsatisfactory circumstances, and so forth, is definitely unfaithful. I CAN tolerate them, I simply don’t need to, so I REFUSE TO. Which is kind of ridiculous (irrational) since I can’t management others or the world or primary information and realities, so I’m actually simply inflicting myself and others pointless upsetness with this sort of ‘rule’ and perspective and behavior.

It’s extra true and rational to say that I might PREFER NOT TO HAVE TO TOLERATE this, however I can tolerate it, and I’m okay, it’s okay.

[know what you can control and what you cannot control, that is the rational thinking core).

I can’t bear ! That’s a bit foolish (irrational). If I ‘couldn’t bear it’ I’d drop down useless or burst into flames, as a result of ‘it’ is going on – but right here I’m. It’s extra true to say that I’ve issues coping, and I want I didn’t should bloody cope, however that I’m doing my finest. Accepting that I can’t bear one thing as true is irrational, and would possibly change into a self fulfilling prophecy (it maximises my discomfort and activates my menace response, often leading to self sabotaging, or self defeating, or self limiting, behaviours).

It’s extra true and rational to say that I can bear this, I’d simply choose if I bore stress extra simply, however I’ve a stress dysfunction and I can solely do my finest – I’m doing my finest, and my finest is sweet sufficient – and evolving and altering and getting higher…

breathe it down… and let it go



Attempt it for your self! Obtain and print a PDF model of this publish that comprises a clean desk web page HEREor get a pleasant pocket book and create your individual tables.



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