15 Styles of Distorted Thinking

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Looking at the cause of your anxiety? Which one of these keeps you anxious?
1. Filtering– you take the negatives and filter out all of the positives.
2. Polarized Thinking-all good or all bad without any middle ground.
3. Over-generalizations– something happens once and you think it will happen every-time.
4. Mind Reading-without asking you think you know what others are thinking.
5. Catastrophizing– You expect disaster.
6. Personalization-thinking everything people say or do is some kind of reaction to you.
7. Control Fallacies– seeing yourself as helpless or a victim of fate.
8. Fallacy of Fairness -you are resentful because of what you think is fair.
9. Blaming– You hold others responsible for your pain.
10. Shoulds– You have an unbendable list of rules about how others should behave.
11. Emotional Reasoning– You believe what you feel must be true.
12. Fallacy of Change– You expect others to change under your pressure.
13. Global Labeling– you generalize one or two qualities into a negative global judgement.
14. Being Right– Being wrong is unthinkable and you will go to great lengths to prove yourself right.
15. Heaven’s Reward Fallacy: You expect all of your sacrifice and self-denial to pay off- like you are keeping score.

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  1. sheri says:

    Wow! This is a great list. Good to pinpoint. Thank you! Did you find this somewhere, is it yours? Either way, well done!

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