Reply To: PSTEC Belief Blasters – Amazing Success Story
Good question and “hi” to you both!
Part of my French language learning has been the discovery of countless peculiarly named tenses. There are at least 25 or more and it came as a shock when I was learning them in a foreign language. I didn't want to go down that rabbit hole with the instructions on these tools though. I like to keep things simple.
Sooooo….to the question RE the Belief Blasters:- Most people other than linguists think past, present, or future and so when I put together the instructions I figured that few people would know what present perfect continuous or anything else was so instead I simply described moving it into the past and gave a few examples. Much simpler!
My preference would be to shift “I am a failure” to “I've been a failure” simply because it most accurately describes the belief while not further projecting it into the future. “I was a failure” is fine too and will still work anyway as well so I didn't elaborate on the instructions. (Simplicity of instructions was high on my agenda). At the end of the day either is fine. I would suggest the former where possible.
Ps. I'm typing this on a tiny screen so please forgive any typos!