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Title: Day 1_Are My Eyes Telling My Brain the Truth
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Goal: this task will improve the confidence about the goal to resolve differences (Say What?! Escape from Drama).
Next Step - JP published this Cognitive Task at under Societal | Foster Care and Education | Interpersonal and Social Skills
Doers: 12 | Form: Cognitive Task | Phase: | Type: Primary | Level: 1 | Code:
Start: Oct 17, 2019 | When: | Duration: 15 Minute(s)
  • Does drama seem to follow you around?

    Do you crave peace? Understanding? Respect? A little love, maybe?

    Do you REALLY want to lower the drama in your life?

    If so, continue to the next step.

    If not, we invite you to return when someone has finished standing on your last nerve.

    You have two choices.

    Yes: You are ready to do what it takes to find some peace.
    No: That last nerve's not done yet.
  • Describe your most recent argument. What started it and how did it end?
  • Here's the thing about drama. It kicks into high gear when we aren't honest with ourselves or other people.

    Chaos gets a free pass when other people aren't honest with us. Trouble can't help but bust out. Feelings are hurt. Friendships are damaged.

    But who can be truthful when they don't know what's tripping them up? The short answer is no one.

    Do you agree?
  • Honesty begins by understanding what forms our beliefs about ourselves. This is our mindset. It determines how we perceive what people are saying.

    We tend to encourage or offend people based upon how we see ourselves and how we've come to trust or mistrust others. Like it or not, honesty and trust are linked.

    How much value to you place on being honest with yourself and others?
  • Go to the 'demo' tab and watch the clip from the movie "I Am David."

    Tell us what you thought of the video when you've finished.
  • Imagine you're looking into a mirror.

    How do you see yourself? Describe yourself in the space provided.
  • It's important to assess who we see in the mirror.

    We tend to view others the way we see ourselves and often treat them accordingly.

    Unfortunately, very few of us see ourselves the way we really are. Most of us can easily point out the bad stuff, but what about the good?

    How optimistic are you that you can see the good in yourself?
  • For many, if not most of us, negative thoughts keep playing in the back of our minds, and they can't help but distort what we hear.

    These messages form filters and we register everything said to us through those filters. If they're negative, then that's going to work against us.

    Do you understand so far? If not, keep going. It takes a little time for most of us. Give yourself that time.
  • Picture a horse with blinders. It's a lot like that. We get a partial view that distorts reality.

    We all have filters that can distort what we think we see or hear. These filters could be age, gender, education, race, ethnicity, wealth, poverty, family background, social status or other negative experiences.

    You see, sometimes our eyes and ears tell our brains something that is false or only partially true. That misinformation can stir up unnecessary trouble.

    Describe your own filters to the best of your ability.
  • That's enough for now.

    'Escape Drama' runs for 21 days without breaks for weekends or holidays.

    If you post to Publisher in the last open space at the bottom, then check 'my journal' for posts back to you.

    You are encouraged to join a Next Step community of teens and young adults from your area or program.

    Post your email address to us in the last open space on the page. Let us know what city you live in or if you want to be placed in the same group as someone you know. You'll receive an invite from Click on the link. You're in.

    To keep up with posts and responses, go to your Day Plan or view them in 'my journal'.

    If you're reading this page from another site, you'll have to sign in and create an account to be able to post comments and save your responses.

    Will you commit to show up each day, do your steps, and be honest with your answers?

    If so, then you're in step with many, many teens and young adults like you who are on the same path to experience a future much better than they could ever imagine. Welcome aboard!
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Publisher Next Step - JP sent a message on Jul 25, 2018
Message: Welcome! This is the 7th in a series of The Next Step. Who doesn't have drama? How do we lessen the intensity of it and resolve the issue with our dignity in tact? That's what these steps are about. DO the steps daily, posting to your online community for more encouragement. View replies in 'my journal'. To join a community of youth from your area or to join the JP team, post your email address in the last open box on the page. You'll receive an email from Click the link and you're in.
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