Do You Have “Stinkin’ Thinking”? 1-2

Do you have "Stinkin' Thinking"? Many people suffer from cognitive distortions that lead to difficulty in relationships. A cognitive distortion is a thought that seems real in your head, but is twisted by the style of thinking and makes it harder to see the situation clearly. The 10 cognitive distortions we cover this week will help you get clarity on the slippery slope of irrational thoughts. Remember these thoughts can seem logical and possible, but they create an irrational extreme that causes difficulty in thinking clearly about situations. 1. All or Nothing Thinking: People with all or nothing thinking see things in black and white categories. They look at their imperfections as failures and hold themselves and others to high standards. This thinking is common for perfectionists to suffer from.

2. Overgeneralization: One single negative experience combines with all others. For example, if someone tried a new sport, receipe, or discipline strategy with a child and it didn't go well, an overgeneralizer would stop trying and see it as a defeat. They struggle with reassessing the situation and looking for ways to conquere their last attempt. One bad thing equals all of it to be bad indefinitely.

Keep reading this week as we cover the next 8 ways people suffer from "stinkin' thinking". The more you know about these, the better you will be able to fight against them!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.  Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.