In his article Is feeling better as easy as ABC?, Nicholas Hall talks about using a positive psychology strategy to modify self-limiting thinking:
“I recently applied to a one-week summer scholarship program, one that sounded really great, and wouldnâ€™t you know it, ‘we were overwhelmed by applicants, and although yours was excellent…’ Sigh. Another rejection!
“Ugh. Thatâ€™s life, I guess. Along with that parking ticket I got yesterday, and the lack of sleep over the last couple of weeks, I just donâ€™t feel well. Sometimes thereâ€™s just nothing you can do…
“Hmmm… that sounds like helplessness talk to me. And we know where helplessness can lead… depression! Yikes! Well, I certainly donâ€™t want to go down that road. What to do, what to do…? Ah! I remember a way to counteract those thoughts and feelings. Itâ€™s called the ABCDE method…”