How To Challenge “Should” Statements

Challenging should statements helps you confront reality without shame or guilt.

Should statements are rigid rules that run your client into the ground. They keep him from feeling successful and trap him in shame. Sometimes they’re personal rules that used to be useful but are now out of date. Other times, they’re rules authority figures place on your client that run him into the ground. This CBT technique will teach you how to confront should statements with your client. We also discuss how to use this technique without falling into the morality trap.

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