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What are Cognitive Distortions?

Cognitive Distortions are unrealistic, exaggerated, and generally inaccurate forms of self-talk.

These habitual inaccuracies or distortions in the way we think tend to create distortions in how we feel.

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Why it works?

  • It helps us get organized mentally
  • It forces us to slow down
  • It helps us be more aware
  • It gives us a sense of agency and control
  • It helps us think more clearl...

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If we want to feel better on a regular basis, we need to figure out a way to change how we habitually think about and interpret what happens to us.

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What is Cognitive Restructuring?

Cognitive Restructuring is a core technique in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the most well-studied and effective approach to treating common mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

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Introducing the Thought Record

Introducing the Thought Record

A Thought Record simply a guide for walking you through the specific elements and steps of Cognitive Restructuring.

This "template" is composed of 6 steps:

  1. Pause: What happened here?
  2. Trigger: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

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The Principle of Cognitive Restructuring

Cognitive Restructuring is based on the principle of cognitive mediation which says that how we feel emotionally is not the result of what happens to us, but instead, it’s the result of how we think about what happens to us.

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Practical Benefits of Cognitive Restructuring

The benefits of Cognitive Restructuring are many and diverse:

  • Manage worry and anxiety better
  • Break out of rumination and depression spirals
  • More effective stress relief
  • Avoid p...

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Examples of Cognitive Distortions

  • Mind reading: assuming we understand what other people are thinking without any evidence.
  • Overgeneralization: extending the evidence for something beyond what is appropriate.
  • Magnification: taking our errors and exaggerating ...

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How can we deal with negative thinking? Psychology suggests that we should try to train our minds to think more positively about what happens to us.

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Cognitive distortions

When you think about your life, it is quite possible that you mind is playing tricks on you that can distort your view. 

Cognitive distortions—where your mind puts a ‘spin’ on the events you see and attaches a not-so-objective interpretation to what you experience—happen all the tim...

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  • Cognitive distortions: Distorted thinking patterns can lead to overestimation (exaggerating the likelihood of an event) or catastrophizing (exaggerating the importance of an event). Exaggeration as a form of cognitive distortion is most common in emotionally-charged situati...

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a short-term therapy technique that can help people find new ways to behave by changing their thought patterns.

CBT works on the basis that the way we think and interpret life’s events affects how we behave and, ultimately, how we feel. Studies

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