testing your core beliefs
(Persons et al., 2001)
You core belief is at one end of the range of views about the world.
Your core belief will have an opposite, and the other end of the spectrum. For example, if a person’s depressive core belief is “I am not worth anything”, then the opposite core belief at the other end of the scale is “I am completely worthy”.
In the middle of these two extreme core beliefs lies a more balanced, rational core belief. It has bits of the depressed version in it, and bits of the opposite version in it. The ideal situation is for a person to take up and develop a core belief that more like this — the middle ground.
The first step in tying to move your current core belief to this middle ground, is to try to describe in more detail all the bits and pieces that go together to make up your core belief.