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A difficulty with NCBs is that a person is rarely Meridian Health Protocol aware of them. Even when someone is competent at identifying NATs and Thinking Errors, the cause of these problems may be hidden. But we can use NATs and Thinking Errors as clues.In my experience as a Psychiatrist in Edinburgh I have found two techniques of most benefit in the search for the NCBs of my clients.
Firstly, there is the method of "Repeated Questioning". I ask the client what a particular NAT he has identified means to him - he will give an answer, and I then ask him what that answer means to him. He will give a second answer, and I then ask him what that second answer means to him, and so on. Within a short space of time, the client ends up with a global statement that can't be taken any further. This is a Negative Core Belief. It's probably best demonstrated with an example:
("People are only out for themselves". This is the client's Negative Core Belief - a global statement that is uncompromising and will clearly influence the way he views and interacts with others in other areas of life, not simply littering!) A second method of identifying Negative Core Beliefs is to look for the "themes" that run throughout a persons many NATs and Thinking Errors. Such themes may be "I'm a failure" or "There's no point to life" (very common in depression), or perhaps "The world's a dangerous place to live" (common in anxiety conditions).