Trauma Related Beliefs

Trauma Related Beliefs

Check the beliefs that apply to you and then write about a situation in which that belief was created. Try to be specific when describing the situation, are any of these situations trauma related?

_____ I believe I am a victim and that my troubles are someone else’s fault

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I can’t do things because I am physically or emotionally incapable of doing them. (“I can’t” generally means “I won’t or “I don’t want to”)

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that my actions don’t impact others. My actions don’t harm them or cause them emotional pain

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe I am unwilling or unable to put myself in others’ place

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe I am unwilling to do something that is disagreeable to me

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe I have no money, time, etc., to spare when other people ask me to do things

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I develop aches and pains in order to avoid doing things that I don’t want to do

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe I often don’t have enough energy to do things – particularly when I don’t want to do them

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I don’t have to live up to obligations – It’s ok to say “I forgot” or just ignore responsibilities

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I frequently expect others to do what I want them to do, even if they don’t understand my reasoning

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe I am entitled to use others’ property as if it were my own, and to borrow things without permission

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that my “wants” are really my “rights”

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that others betray my trust regularly and therefore cannot be trusted at all

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that things will happen because I think they will

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I can make decisions without finding out the facts

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I am right and that my point of view is right, even when evidence says that it’s wrong.

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that even when I am proven wrong I must cling to my original position

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that thinking ahead and planning ahead are unnecessary or not useful

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I am always supposed to win and that failure is not an option

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that fear is a weakness, so I deny that I am afraid even when I am

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that expressions of anger, like direct threats, intimidation, sarcasm, or passive-aggressiveness, are good ways to get what I want from people

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that if something doesn’t turn out the way I expect it to I will be criticized and found to be a failure

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I will be let down by others

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that I will win in any struggle because I have power

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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_____ I believe that debating is enjoyable in and of itself

Situation in which this belief effects my life:

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