Take a moment and think about how quickly you tend to come to conclusions. How much of a movie trailer do you need to see before you decide if you will see the film? Is a movie poster enough to come to a conclusion? How about when someone makes a suggestion?  Do you have an immediate assumption? Maybe something like “I have already tried that,” “that seems like a good idea,” or “that will never work.”

A major challenge to using a mental health workbook is that we tend to make quick conclusions about how helpful a given exercise or tool will be. It’s natural to come to conclusions. But if we have been struggling with a problem for a while, we may be quick to dismiss an approach.

For workbooks to be effective, you must invest the time to practice the activities. Think of it like a science experiment. You need to try something multiple times before you can come to a conclusion.

If you can notice your assumptions about workbook activities, and commit to a full trial of the activities regardless of your initial reaction, you can evade one of the major hurdles that can get in your way.