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