If “Can’t” Is True

Four Paths Toward Realistic Choosing

Season 2, Episode 64

Unfortunately disappointment and tension is inevitable is close relationships, especially as unwanted circumstances arise. In those moments, some succumb to the word “can’t.” They can assume (falsely) a complete lack of choice in the moment. This episode will explore four ways to reorient your thinking so you will not become emotionally paralyzed by “can’t.”

If “Can’t%22 Is True

by Les Carter, Ph. D. | MarriagePath Radio

Something to Think about

In this episode, we identified that:

  • People who assume they can’t manage their circumstances are commonly focused on changing their externals, not their internals.
  • “Can’t thinking” sets you up for behavioral extremes such as people pleasing, withdrawal, or emotional explosions.
  • Coming to terms with undesirable circumstances usually requires giving up reasonable ideals.

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