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Definitions of Cognitive Distortions – Part 2

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 Cognitive Distortions

4. Disqualifying the Positive – You reject positive experiences by insisting they “don’t count” for some reason or other. In this way you can maintain a negative belief that is contradicted by your everyday experiences.

5. Jumping to Conclusions – You make a negative interpretation even though there are no definite facts that convincingly support your conclusions.

a. Mind Reading. You arbitrarily conclude that someone is reacting negatively to you, and you don’t bother to check this out.

b. The Fortune Teller Error. You anticipate that things will turn out badly and you feel convinced that you predication is an already established fact.

6. Magnification (Catastrophizing) or Minimization- You exaggerate importance of things (such as your goof-up or someone else’s achievement), or you inappropriately shrink things until they appear tiny (your own desirable qualities or the other fellows imperfections). This is also called the “binocular trick.”