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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

What is cognitive therapy

Dr Shock is in to some obsessive blogging this evening, would some cognitive therapy help?
Dr Shock found an interesting article about cognitive therapy on

Cognitive therapy recognizes 10 common patterns of faulty thinking, which are known as cognitive distortions.

* All-or-Nothing Thinking: Failing to recognize that there may be some middle ground. Characterized by absolute terms like always, never, and forever.
* Overgeneralization: Taking an isolated case and assuming that all others are the same.
* Mental Filter: Mentally singling out the bad events in one's life and overlooking the positive.
* Disqualifying the Positive: Treating positive events like they don't really count.
* Jumping to Conclusions: Assuming the worst about a situation even though there is no evidence to back their conclusion.
* Magnification and Minimization: Downplaying positive events while paying an inordinate amount of attention to negative ones.
* Emotional Reasoning: Allowing your emotions to govern what you think about a situation rather than objectively looking at the facts.
* Should Statements: Rigidly focusing on how you think things should be rather than finding strategies for dealing with how things are.
* Labeling and Mislabeling: Applying false and harsh labels to oneself and others.
* Personalization: Blaming yourself for things that are out of your control.

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