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Definitions of Cognitive Distortions – Part 3

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

7. Emotional Reasoning – You assume that your negative emotions necessarily reflect the way things really are: “i feel it, therefore it must be true.”

8. Should Statements – You try to motivate yourself with shoulds and shouldn’ts, as if you had to be whipped and punished before you could be expected to do anything. “musts” and “oughts” are also offenders. The emotional consequences is guilt. When you direct should statements toward others, you feel anger, frustration, and resentment.