Distress Tolerance 10: The Ring of Power

There is a moment in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, when Frodo, Gandalf, and the fellowship are at a standstill in the middle of the Mines of Moria, and are not sure which turn to take next. Frodo and Gandalf discuss the events that led them to this point and…

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Distress Tolerance 9: The Kobayashi Maru

For those who don’t speak nerd, the Kobayashi Maru is a Star Trek reference. Its a test cadets in Starfleet academy have to pass if they ever want to captain a Starship, but it’s designed to put them into a no-win situation to see how they react to failure. The test is a simulation in…

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Distress Tolerance 4: I.M.P.R.O.V.E.

Hey kids! Guess what! It’s another acronym!!! Get used to them, DBT is riddled with acronyms. This one is another set of skills you can apply when facing a moment of crisis or distress. Let’s jump right in! I – Imagery Use your imagination to put yourself in a place of calm. Imagine what you…

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Distress Tolerance 1: Introduction

Here comes the tough love people, because when facing the goliath that is distress tolerance you’re going to find it sounds an awful lot like a more complicated way of saying “just get over it” when you’re in pain. But that’s not what this is about. Telling someone to ‘buck up’ and ‘get over’ their…

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