Have you ever looked at the world in ways that make it seem more threatening than it really is? Recognize the thoughts, known as cognitive distortions, to prevent worry period. We’d like to share with you some examples of them:
- All-or-nothing thinking, looking at things in black-or-white categories, with no middle ground. “If everything is not perfect, I’m a total failure.”
- Overgeneralization from a single negative experience, expecting it to hold true forever. “I didn’t get hired for the job. I’ll never get any job.”
- Focusing on the negatives while filtering out the positives. Noticing the one thing that went wrong, rather than all the things that went right. “I got the last question on the test wrong. I’m an idiot.”
- Coming up with reasons why positive events don’t count. “I did well on the presentation, but that was just dumb luck.”
- Making negative interpretations without actual evidence. You act like a mind reader: “I can tell she secretly hates me.” Or a fortune teller: “I just know something terrible is going to happen.”
Sounds familiar? Stay tuned to recognize more types of cognitive distortions. And, sure, we will talk about how to cope with these thoughts.
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Source: Help Guide