It helps a user read a set of blood-boiling scenarios and rates how likely they are to have each of six possible reactions. It enables you to recognize unhelpful thoughts that cause a knee-jerk reaction. For example: When you are driving through a residential area, and someone backs their car out of a driveway and nearly hits you. There are six possible reactions:
- "They did that just so I'd have to stop." This is a fallacy known as misattributing causation - you don't know the other person's intentions.
- "They almost totaled my car." It catastrophizes a scary situation into utter destruction.
- "Nobody knows how to drive anymore" overgeneralizes a specific situation into a universal truth.
- "I was here first. They shouldn't have gotten in my way." Here you make an unreasonable demand that somehow other people should know where you're going.
- "That dumb jerk!" is inflammatory labeling that dehumanizes and insults the other person.
- "He must not have seen me" is adaptive and more likely to calm you down.