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Over the last several days, we have been discussing different kinds of unhealthy thinking patterns (cognitive distortions) that lead us away from mental and emotional wellbeing and negatively impact our relationships.

All of us engage in such thinking patterns from time to time and the more we begin to recognize them, the less hold they will have on us. This is how we can stop letting these thoughts control us and get back in charge.

Before we discuss some more ways we can combat these thinking patterns, here is a list of distortions that we talked about. You can click here to review any or all of them.

1)   All or nothing thinking/polarized thinking [DW#488]
2)   Overgeneralizations [DW#489]
3)   Labeling [DW#490]
4)   Catastrophizing [DW#491]
a.   Decatastrophizing [DW#492]
5)   Minimization [DW#493]
6)   Emotional reasoning [DW#494]
7)   Shoulding yourself [DW#495]
8)   Jumping to conclusions – mind reading [DW#496]
9)   Jumping to conclusions – fortune telling [DW#497]
10)  Personalization [DW#498]
11)  Blaming [DW#499]
12)  Control Fallacies [DW#500]
13)  Fallacy of fairness [DW#501]
14)  Heaven’s reward fallacy [DW#502]
15)  Fallacy of change [DW#503]
16)  Always being right [DW#504]
17)  Self-serving bias [DW#505]
18)  The two darts [DW#506]

Are you yet beginning to recognize some of these distortions in your own thinking? Which are the most challenging for you to shift?

Wishing you a day full of positivity, purpose and peace.
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