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Definitions of Cognitive Distortions- Part 4

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

9. Labeling and Mislabeling – This is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing your error, you attache a negative label to yourself: “I’m a loser.” When someone else’s behavior rubs you the wrong way, you attach a negative label to him: “He’s a goddamn louse.” Mislabeling involves describing an event with language that is highly colored and emotionally loaded.

10. Personalization- You see yourself the cause of some negative external event which in fact you were not primarily responsible for.