Labeling and Responding To Cognitive Distortions

Many of us have characteristic errors in thinking.  Labeling these thinking errors can help us get a little distance from them so we can evaluate and respond to them in a healthier way.  If you need help in this area, I suggest speaking with a professional counselor trained in this process.

With clients I’ve worked with, I don’t just assume the person has a cognitive distortion right off the bat.  Although some cognitive distortions seem easy to spot right away, I emphasize the importance of examining the evidence together to see if these thinking patterns are true.  It’s a collaborative process.

Here’s a list of cognitive distortions, taken from David Burns’ book “Feeling Good.”


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