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Do you tend to focus on negative details?
Mental filtering is a cognitive distortion that leads us to magnify the negative details of a situation while filtering out the positives. Also known as selective abstraction, this bias for dwelling on your shortcomings could lead you to focus on one piece of negative feedback while disregarding or disbelieving the ten other positive comments received.
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Asking your friends or colleagues for an objective opinion on your performance or achievements is a good way to gauge your ability or progress. If you have become entrenched in negative self-talk, listen carefully to what others objectively report.
Mental Filtering can be described as focusing only on the negative aspects of an event, such as I ruined the whole recital because of that one mistake.
Challenging unhelpful thought patterns and becoming more objective can help to avoid the automatic descent into unwarranted negativity.
To manage this cognitive distortion, you must consciously start to manage negative thought patterns so you can begin to see your efforts and achievements in a more positive light.
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