This phenomena is called ‘Cognitive Distortions’, and we all have this way of thinking, we are always much harder on ourselves due to these automatic thoughts. I have listed the most common forms of cognitive distortions below, think about which ones you can relate to and how this cognitive distortion has impacted you.
- Catastrophising – Seeing only the worst possible outcomes to situations.
- Overgeneralisation – Making broad interpretations from small or single events.
- Jumping to Conclusions – Interpreting the meaning of things with little to no evidence at all.
- Mind-Reading – Interpreting the thoughts, belief and actions of other with little to no evidence at all.
- Fortune Telling – The expectations that things will turn out to be a certain way with little to no evidence at all.
- All or Nothing – Only thinking about things in absolutes like; always, never & every.
- Should Thinking – The belief that things should be a certain way only, with little to no evidence.
- Non-positive Thinking – Recognising only the negative aspects of things, and not including the positives which have occurred.
Cognitive Distortions all fall into the category of negative human thinking, unfortunately, this can be a normal way of thinking for a lot of people. The good news is, we can all take back control of our thoughts. How do you think we can do this? Feel free to comment below.
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