Monday, February 17, 2014


Words can be vague, elusive, confusing and deceiving.

We often think we know what we mean when using ordinary, everyday language, but the same word can mean many different things to different people.  The word love is a good example.

This Blog is based on the Social Learning Theory (SLT) of Dr. Julian Rotter.  The theory will be fully explained in later posts on this Blog, nevertheless I will explain the concept of Personal Concern from an SLT perspective.  It goes like this:

A Personal Concern from an SLT perspective is:

A high expectancy for losing something you value. (I might lose my good job)

A low expectancy for getting something you value. (I might not get the job I want)

When you complete the Personal Change Indicator (PCI) presented on other posts on this Blog and available at you will be examining your own concerns from this perspective.  It may seem too simple for some, but upon closer inspection, you might be surprised how many of your personal concerns can be reduced to these two simple statements.

Thinking clearly is very much what cognitive behavioral psychology is about.  When you have a clear idea as to the nature of your own concerns, you have a better understanding of where your feelings are coming from, and a clearer idea what action you can take to resolve your concern and related emotions.

This Blog was designed to help you find your own self-defined way to enhanced mental health and happiness.

As always, if you have questions or comments, please e-mail me and I will address the issues in future posts on this Blog.

Remember, you ARE what you think.  You BECOME what you do.

Dr. Ray

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