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Cognitive distortions

Cognitive distortions are simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t really true. For instance, a person might tell themselves, “I always fail when I try to do something new; I therefore fail at everything I try.” This is an example of “black or white” (or polarized) thinking. The person is only seeing things in absolutes — that …

Is my thinking normal?

    Is my thinking normal? This is a question we all ask ourselves at times. I know I have had moments where I have questioned my sanity and wondered if I have completely lost the plot. This is usually as a result of some overwhelming emotional experience. I find when emotions are involved, my thoughts tend to be far …

How to deal with negative thoughts

    How to deal with negative thoughts Negative thoughts live in everyone’s mind and they have several characteristics: 1) They are automatic-they pop up without any effort on your part 2) They are distorted-they rarely fit reality 3) Negative thoughts are unhelpful-they keep you depressed and make it difficult to change 4) Negative thoughts are plausible-it does not occur …

Ignore these thoughts

  Ignore these thoughts Did you know that we have something like 80 000 thoughts passing through our minds each and every day? When you think about this, it is clear how important it is to become a good ‘thought manager’ who is able to separate the useful positive thoughts from the inane and the negative ones. I am going …

What resilient people don’t do when life gets tough

  What resilient people don’t do when life gets tough The bottom line of cognitive behavioural therapy is that it’s not what happens to you but what you think about what is happening to you that makes all the difference.Think about why some people seem more resilient and seem more able to withstand trouble and strife in life and you’ll …

Faulty Thinking

  Faulty Thinking Being practical and knowing how to get the heart of the matter and see things as they really are can help you immensely in life. Faulty thinking is one way in which many of us hold ourselves back. Here are a few examples of faulty thinking that we could all learn to do without:  1) You can …

No one is 100% mentally stable

If we consider types of thoughts as indicative of mental stability, it would be safe to say that we all suffer from mental instability at times. Cognitive distortions are ways in which our mind convinces us of something that isn’t really true. Psychologists have identified types of thinking that fall under the description “cognitive distortions“. When we engage in cognitive distortions, …

Life as it really is…

  Have you ever stopped to think about whether life is really how you see it? We all have our own take on the world yet many of us base our reality on assumptions, projections and second hand information. These ideas and stories that we tell ourselves and recreate in our minds can be tainted by our own irrational thinking …