What you know about them cognitive distortions? I bet you know more than you think you know. How so? Because chances are you’ve dabbled with one or two in your lifetime.
Cognitive Distortions are unhealthy thinking habits that reinforces negative thinking and emotions. Some common distortions are filtering, black and white thinking, overgeneralizing, jumping to conclusions, catastrophizing, personalizaton, and blaming. Feel free to look these all up on your own, but i’ll share the two that I have experiences in unfortunately. My “stinking thinking” can include black and white thinking and jumping to conclusions. If it wasn’t for my decision to seek therapy, I would have never learned about these types of thinking. Thank the heavens for CBT!
Black and White thinking is all in the name – some may say either this or that or its all of nothing. That is totally me, I am an all of nothing person, but I am actively working to change that. It’s so difficult to see the gray areas in situations and I can take them to the extreme. For example, I may think that either I am gonna be good or bad at a specific thing. This sort of thinking cancels out my ability to work with the middle where I can improve instead of having to shift from one side or the other. I will say with therapy and receptiveness to CBT I’ve been able to see the gray and be more open (that’s a big deal for me, its alright to clap it up for a sista!)
Jumping to conclusions, whew! This right here is CHALLENGING because it making conclusions about things that may not be true. Not only that, being an intuitive person can be hard when it comes to things because we rely on the hunch feeling often that we tend to BELIEVE the conclusion wholeheartedly. I am not a factual person, more into concepts, ideas, possibilities you know (INFJ) things, so I don’t really care often to find out if the conclusion is true or not … Oops! But, I am aware that this is a negative thinking habit that I want to break and I have to work at it day by day because sister girl is not breaking a habit in a day or week, but will strive to be a healthy thinker.
If you are aware of your cognitive distortions and want to share please comment below.