Another Example: DBT Worksheet Observing and Describing Emotions

25 Aug

So this is one of my favorite DBT skills and I actually use it more than just the one time we had it assigned for homework.  Here it is and to my new followers, I’ll attach the blank worksheets at the end.

Name: Marci      Date: 8/25/15

Primary Emotions:  Anger –> Sadness    Intensity (0-100): 95

Prompting event (for emotion, who what, where, when):

Show up to French class and it’s a brand new teacher.  She also tells us we need to buy a brand new book ($200) that we won’t even be able to use next semester.  Was initially told the book I bought would be used for all 4 semesters (by prior French teacher).

Interpretation (beliefs, assumptions, and appraisals of the situation):

This is wrong.  This is not fair.  That’s not what I was told.  The school website even said we were using the old textbook.

Body changes and sensing:   eyes tearing up

Body Language (facial expression, posture, gestures): eyes tearing up, grimacing so to not start crying.

Action Urges (what did I feel like doing, what did I want to say):

Dropping the class.  Leaving the classroom.  Crying.  Sleeping.  Taking Valium. Skipping DBT. Eating ice cream.

What I said or did in the situation:

Sat in class.  Texted 20 somethings friend during the break.  Told myself I could cry when I got to the car.

After Effects (secondary emotions, memories, thoughts, state of mind, behavior):

Anger quickly turns to sadness, almost automatically, and feeling overwhelmed.  20 somethings friend text me back something that I thought was insensitive but it made me realize the root of the problem (expectations) and the root emotion (anger.)

Function of Emotion:     ????

Other possible interpretations:

Prior professor retired or dies.  The department is probably scrambling.  Why would the new professor use a text book written (poorly) by the prior professor.

New Intensity (0-100): 75

Observing and Describing Emotions

6 Responses to “Another Example: DBT Worksheet Observing and Describing Emotions”

  1. lifeptsd August 25, 2015 at 5:11 PM #

    If you really want to learn spanish buy Roseta Stone used on amazon or ebay. It really works, dont waste your time in school learning spanish words you will never use

  2. Joyce August 25, 2015 at 7:21 PM #

    Reblogged this on MAKE BPD STIGMA-FREE!.

  3. Andi August 25, 2015 at 7:38 PM #

    Nice job on this.

  4. manyofus1980 August 27, 2015 at 3:02 PM #

    AS I AM TRIGGERED NOW I THINK ITS A GOOD TIME TO FILL OUT THIS SHEET THANKS FOR PUTTING YOUR ANSWERS HERE GIVING ME AN IDEA ON HOW I SHOULD DO IT. LIZ

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