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Positive Cognition in EMDR

Positive Cognition

Positive cognition in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) plays a crucial role in the therapy process. It involves identifying and reinforcing positive beliefs about oneself, contributing significantly to the healing journey.

Healing Through Positivity

Understanding the importance of positive cognition can be challenging. Individuals may struggle to shift from negative self-beliefs to more empowering ones during EMDR sessions.

Transformative Beliefs

This section will delve into the concept of positive cognition within EMDR therapy. Key features include the definition of positive cognition, its role in therapy, and the benefits it brings to the therapeutic process. Emphasis will be placed on how positive cognition enhances self-worth and aids in recovery.

Concept Overview

Positive cognition in EMDR refers to the empowering beliefs about oneself that are identified and reinforced during therapy sessions. It plays a crucial role in replacing negative self-beliefs with positive ones, promoting emotional healing and resilience.

Healing Benefits

Focusing on positive cognition during EMDR therapy offers several benefits, including improved self-esteem, emotional resilience, and a more positive outlook on life. This approach helps individuals reframe their experiences and beliefs, leading to a more empowering self-perception.

Process Explained

The process of integrating positive cognition into EMDR involves several steps. Initially, negative self-beliefs are identified. Then, through guided EMDR sessions, these beliefs are gradually replaced with positive, empowering cognitions. This shift is facilitated by the therapist and supported by the individual’s own insights and reflections.

Common Queries

What is positive cognition in EMDR?
Positive cognition refers to the empowering beliefs about oneself that are identified and reinforced during EMDR therapy.
Why is positive cognition important in EMDR?
Positive cognition helps shift negative self-beliefs to positive ones, fostering healing and emotional resilience.
How are positive cognitions identified in EMDR?
During EMDR sessions, the therapist helps the individual identify negative beliefs and works to replace them with positive, empowering cognitions.


  1. EMDR Institute: What is EMDR?
  2. Psychology Today: EMDR Therapy
  3. National Center for Biotechnology Information: The Role of Cognition in EMDR
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