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Definitions of Cognitive Distortions – Part 1

Dr. David D Burns,  M.D. Author of Feeling Good The New Mood Therapy is a pioneer in developing cognitive therapy which traces its origins to the innovative work of Dr Aaron Beck. Listed Below are some of the cognitive distortions that we all do and lend to depression and down moods. Check them out and call me if you want help changing them.

Definitions of Cognative Distortions

1. All or Nothing Thinking – You see things in black and white categories. If your performance falls short of perfect, you see yourself as a total failure.

2. Overgeneralization – You see a single negative event as a never ending pattern of defeat.

3. Mental Filter – You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it exclusively so that your vision of all reality becomes darkened, like the drop of ink that discolors the entire beaker of water.