SMART Recovery Tool: Disputing Irrational Beliefs (DIBs)
- Point 2: Cope with Urges
- Point 3: Manage Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
You can use this tool to examine any belief that may be harmful if you act on it.
An Irrational belief is:
- Not true – It’s unrealistic and there is no evidence to support it
- Doesn’t make sense – It’s not logical
- Harmful – It won’t help you get what you want for yourself in the long run if you act on it
A Rational belief is:
- True – It’s realistic and there is evidence to support it
- Makes sense – It’s logical
- Helpful – It helps you get what you want in the long run if you act on it
You can dispute an irrational belief by turning it into a question and then answering it. Your answer will probably be a rational belief.