We all have moments of not thinking clearly. Many people have cognitive distortions, or unhelpful thinking habits, that can add stress to an already difficult situation. This week we are going to describe some of these negative thought patterns with the hopes that you will catch yourself next time it hits. Once you notice the pattern, it is important to take a step back from your thoughts and shift your them back into reality that based on the facts you know as truth, rather than the twisted thoughts in your head.
Do you have a mental filter that all your thoughts go through? Is the filter made up of positive threads or negative threads?
If you have a mental filter made up of negative threads, your thoughts might be tainted before they even register. It is like looking through dark, dirty glasses and all you see is the yuck.
The danger of this thinking habit is that we will often filter out parts that are true because they don't fit with our negative thinking. The positive or realistic parts of the situation are dismissed and not given any further thought when you have a negative mental filter.
Thanks for reading. Check back in tomorrow for more info on unhelpful thinking habits!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC 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.