What are Dialectics
Dialectics are the art of holding two or more things in balance that are in conflict, contrary, or mismatched and yet they are both real or true. Being Dialectical is seeing that reality is black, white, AND a lot of shades of gray. It is about synthesizing things that seem to be in opposition. Dialectics are the kernel of truth in each person’s argument or dialogue. Being dialectical is about balancing self and others, giving and getting, needs and wants, work and play, winning and losing.
SO WHAT IS DBT?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is about learning tools and skills to empower you to be as effective as you can be in your life. These tools and skills can be used nearly every day, in most situations, and in a variety of relationships. It is about defining for yourself what a life worth living looks like.
DBT covers the following four content areas:
MINDFULNESS: Learning how to truly be in the here and now
DISTRESS TOLERANCE: Handling a crisis without making it worse for yourself
EMOTIONAL REGULATION: Learning to experience and express emotions effectively
INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS: Learning how to effectively ask for what you want, need, and deserve and say no to what you don’t want, don’t need, don’t deserve