Therapist Helps Raging Overwatch Partner With Mood Log

Multiplayer video games can get toxic fast, especially when you're stuck with a team of overranked LOSERS and you are the ONLY ONE guarding the last capture point while Trash6Boner9 just DICKS AROUND. You complain to your friend or your partner, and they ask why you even play this game if it pisses you off so much. And then you feel utterly alone in the world.

But redditor and Overwatch player SirBenny is married to a therapist, so she had a solution. Not to fix SirBenny's garbage teammates, but to help him actually feel good about playing his video game.

She had SirBenny fill out a daily mood log, a therapeutic tool for processing negative thoughts and feelings after an upsetting event. The results (excerpted above) read kind of like a child's diary, partly because negative thoughts can sound ridiculous when we write them out. Just by putting his thoughts into words, then considering the assumptions and distortions he was making, SirBenny was able to reconsider the experience and improve his outlook.

Mood logs can be used for serious trauma, like the death of a loved one. But it's valid to use them for any event, however "silly" or "small," that's really causing problems. SirBenny says he was playing Overwatch late into the night, hoping for "one more win," then losing sleep over his losses. "Honestly," he says, "it helped a lot!"

Here's a clean copy you can print out and use. It's pretty self-explanatory, but here's cognitive therapist Dr. David D. Burns, creator of the mood log, explaining how to use it. And here's hoping for fewer rage quits.

"My wife is a therapist. After I kept complaining about Overwatch losses, she made me fill out this worksheet." [Reddit]


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    CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is a valuable tool for just about anything you're struggling with emotionally. It helps you intercept the little voice between an event and the emotional reaction. The point is, you get to decide how you're going to react to something.

    If you are having strong reactions to things that you would rather not (outbursts of anger, frustration or fear, catastrophising, etc.), check out CBT. It definitely helps.

    This article is really passive aggressive (or what I would call passive dismissive). Comparing the use of this for a computer game to losing a loved one, and using quotes around words to dismiss the original use of the technique. Yes this is used for some serious traumatic events but seeing someone attempt to understand their own thinking and improve themselves is a positive thing, especially in the toxic industry of gaming.

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