Further there are many ‘thinking errors’ or common misthinkings defined by cognitive behavioral therapy as defined in the book ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple’.
Here is a list of common misthinkings:
|Black and white||Seeing things in extreme||If I do badly on this exam, I’m an idiot|
|Shoulding||Way we want things is way ought to be||I should have been more patient or not acted|
|Overgeneralization||One instance applies to everything||I don’t know the answer to the question, so I don’t know any answers|
|Catastrophizing||Thinking a situation is much worse than it is||A customer got really made at me so my boss will probably fire me|
|Discounting the positive||Minimize evidence that contradicts one’s negative automatic thoughts||She said yes when I asked her out only because she felt sorry for me|
|Emotional reasoning||Assuming our feelings convey useful information||My nervousness about flying means there’s a good chance my plane will crash|
|Fortune telling||Making predictions on scant information||The rental company probably won’t have any cars left|
|Mind reading||Assuming we know what someone else is thinking||They thought I looked like an idiot when I couldn’t get my slides to load|
|Personalization||Thinking events that have nothing to do with us are actually about us||She seems upset – it’
s probably because of something I did
|Entitlement||Expecting to reach a certain outcome based on our actions||I deserve to be promoted after working hard|
|Outsourcing happiness||Giving outside factors the final say regarding our emotions||I can’t be happy unless othes give me the respect I deserve|
|False sense of helplessness||Believing we have less power than we actually do||There’s no point in applying for jobs – nobody going to hire me|
|False sense of responsibility||Believing we have more power than we actually do||If I were a more interesting speaker, nobody would every yawn during my talks|
Check my other article to learn more and start thinking differently!
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