Ed Garcia, describes that “human beings have the ability to think, feel and act. All these abilities are interconnected and affect each other in countless different ways. There are also external factors that trigger how we will react in any given situation. Triggers, however, are not the causes for the way we feel or act. That comes from the way we think.”
In accord with REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), Ed states, if “feelings and consequently the way we act, come from the way we think, then it would make sense to attempt to identify just what kind of thoughts are creating those feelings. If we can translate and focus on the thoughts or on the ‘self talk’ we tell ourselves, then we can analyze those thoughts and understand whether they are in our best interest, or if they are self-defeating. If self-defeating, we have the power to change them rather than to focus on the externals that we mistakenly believe cause the way we feel and behave. The most self- defeating emotions that contribute to the way we behave are anxiety, anger, guilt, and depression. This series of interactive online workshops will address the thoughts and beliefs that trigger these emotions.
Among many achievements, Mr. Garcia has an extensive and diversified background in the field of human behavior. He holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from New York University. His post graduate work was conducted at the Institute for Advanced Study in Rational Emotive Therapy where Mr. Garcia worked extensively with Dr. Albert Ellis, one of the nation's top Cognitive/Behavior Psychologists, and on whose work SMART is founded. Upon completion of his four year internship, he became a Fellow of the Institute and was appointed Co-Director of Clinical Training there, a position he held for five years until his move to Atlanta, GA, where he currently resides.
Specific to this presentation, Ed developed and appeared in a five hour TV presentation for WPBS entitled Developing Emotional Muscle, and he writes a weekly column for the Buckhead Atlanta newspaper, “On Developing Emotional Muscle.” (Ed Garcia, along with Dr. Bill Knaus and Ron Parker, co-hosted SMART Recovery Online’s extremely successful 6-week “Job Search Support Group” in the Winter of 2010.)
The Anatomy of Emotions workshop will be hosted The SMART Room – one of SMART Recovery Online’s voice chat rooms, April 14 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, for one hour.
To access the SMART Room, register for SMART Recovery Online (in advance). Once registered, access the SMART Message Board (you can also access the message boards through the main site menus) and when logged in, select “SMART Recovery Chat and Meeting Rooms” – the blue drop-down bar near the top left of the page.
From there, you can select The SMART Room. (Note:
SMART Recovery trusts this public service will be of assistance to many.
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