Distorted thoughts: What kind of thinking errors do you have?
A cognitive distortion is something that you think without giving yourself time to consider alternative points of view. For example, that boss who just walked by you without smiling or greeting you might not really be angry with you, but rather, he may have just gotten off the phone with his wife who is divorcing him. That person who verbally berates you may not necessarily be angry with you, but rather, envious. We all engage in cognitive distortions from time to time and unfortunately, they control our lives and our emotions. These thoughts or cognition are called distortions because they don’t always have to be true. Distortions of thinking have a very powerful influence on how we perceive ourselves, our world, our abilities, and others around us.
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