‘Externalising questions in relation to Addictive Thinking’

by Trina Crowe

Externalising question in relation to Addictive Thinking (Self)

  • How does addictive thinking get you to use more than you intended to?
  • What are some things that give addictive thinking more space?
  • How does addictive thinking get you to use during times when you don’t want to?
  • Does addictive thinking get you to believe that you are not in danger when in fact you are?
  • Does addictive thinking cause you to be dishonest with yourself?
  • What emotions accompany addictive thinking that may lead to using or over-consuming?
  • What does addictive thinking tell you is the reason why you drink?
  • Does addictive thinking get you to lie about the amount you use?
  • Does addictive thinking convince you that you are capable of driving when in fact you are not?
  • What values is addictive thinking capable of separating you from?
  • Are there hopes of ways you prefer to be that addictive thinking will not allow you be?

Externalising question in relation to Addictive Thinking (Relationships)

  • Does addictive thinking separate you from people who really care about you?
  • Does addictive thinking cause you to be dishonest with others?
  • Do you find that addictive thinking interferes with your abilities to be the parent that you prefer to be?
  • How has addictive thinking changed one of your relationships?
  • Do you find that addictive thinking causes you to associate with others who are also having problems with addictive thinking?
  • Do you find that addictive thinking causes you to avoid other people who do not have problems with addictive thinking?
  • Do you find that addictive thinking interferes with your abilities to be the partner that you prefer to be?
  • Do you find that addictive thinking interferes with your abilities to be the son/daughter that you prefer to be?
  • Has addictive thinking convinced you that no-one understands, in an attempt to isolate you from others?
  • Does addictive thinking cause you to become angry towards other people?
  • How has addictive thinking changed the way you see yourself?

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