Soothing System Activation Worksheet

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We need conscious effort to replace self-criticism, shame, and related negative states with a positive state of mind. Such experiences as shame and lack of self-compassion may exist in the form of a vicious circle of threats and drives producing fears and anxiety. However, the soothing system built with compassion can help one feel a calming, positive effect and strengthen mental and physical well-being.

What Are the Theories Behind This Worksheet?

The three-circle model of compassion-focused therapy (CFT) focuses on three systems to regulate one’s emotional state. The drive system deals with task performance and accomplishment, the threat system deals with survival and safety concerns, and the soothing system focuses on calmness and safeness governed by self-compassion

How Will This Worksheet Help you?

The soothing system is the least functional among people who experience self-criticism, shame, and related negative emotions. They usually work under drive or threat circles, hampering their ability to feel calm, compassionate, or experience positive emotions. This worksheet will help such people work on activating their soothing system to be equally functional as the other two. The balance of these three systems makes healthy functioning possible. 

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet is helpful for everyone who feels hopeless, self-critical, shameful, guilty, or neurotic to activate the soothing system for altering their negative mental state with a positive, compassionate one to feel and stay healthy.

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