Ashima's Cognitive Theory

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Cognitive Theory
Ashima shows the cognitive distortions of “all or nothing thinking” and “fortune telling.” As a fortune teller, she does not want her kids to be raised in the United States because she knows they will not know their culture or family. Through the ABC model, her activating event is the move to America; her belief is that her children will not live full and valuable lives away from her real community, which creates anxiety and sees her kids as strangers. This leads her to disqualify the positives of having her children in America. Cognitive coping could diminish Ashima’s anxieties. She can think of rational ways that she can incorporate her culture into the American lives of her children or think about the benefits of living
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Most people do not know much about her country and her values. She primarily cares for her children and works at the library. We can reauthor this narrative to show that she is a knowledgeable and a caring woman, especially towards her family. She is willing to move to a new country to be with the man that she chose to be with and raise her kids. She continues to choose her family despite the constant struggles between her own values and the dominant American culture. She shows dedication to her family by staying in America even if she wants to go back to her home country and feels like she is losing her children to American values. Her story creates a unique outcome for her in comparison to her family of origin. She appears to be the only one in her family to live in the states, transforming her into a strong woman who can endure the culture change and being away from the ones she…show more content…
His accident triggered a set of irrational thoughts that spread to his associations of all trains. Ashoke can identify his activating event, the train wreck, which then leads to the thought of, “the train that I need to get on will crash just like the previous one did,” which leads to anxiety and/or not riding the train at all. Through this model, Ashoke can identify that not all trains rides will end up in an accident again. It may be useful to view statistics on how many train wrecks there are in comparison to everyday modes of transportation, such as driving. Doing a CBT exercise that rescales and rationalizes the safety of trains may be helpful as he can see how his thoughts affect his actions and feelings and he can evaluate how likely an accident is to happen again based on
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