DBT Skills Training Assumptions and You
An assumption is a belief that something is true or will happen and you have no proof at all this belief will in fact happen.
In DBT Skills training we agree to live by assumptions about all people. These presumptions are believed to be reality. In DBT Skills training we radically accept these assumptions about everyone.
- People are doing the best they can. All people at any given point in time are doing the best they can do.
- People want to improve. The common characteristic about people is they want to improve their lives and they want to be happy.
- People need to do better, try harder, and be more motivated to change. The fact that people are doing the best they can, and want to do even better, does not mean that these things are enough to solve the problem.
- People may not have caused all of their problems, but they have to solve them anyway. People have to change their own behavioral responses and alter their environment for their life to change.
- New behavior has to be learned on all relevant contexts. New behavioral skills have to be practiced in the situations where the skills are needed, not just in the situation where the skills are first learned.
- All behaviors (actions, thoughts, emotions) are caused. There is always a cause or set of causes for our actions, thoughts, and emotions, even if we do not know what the causes are.
- Figuring out and changing the causes of behavior work better than judging and blaming. Judging and blaming are easier, but if we want to create change in the world, we have to change the chains of events that cause unwanted behaviors and events.
From DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, Second Edition, by Marsha M. Linehan.