Continuing with this week's theme of cognitive distortions, we will discuss 3 more negative thinking habits that often times land us smack dab in the middle of trouble. Emotional Reasoning- If I feel badly about a situation, it must be a bad situation. If I feel anxious, I must be in a dangerous predicament. Sometimes we evaluate situations based on our past experience and do not see the forest for the trees. You may feel like you are in trouble without looking at the current situation. Basing actions and reason solely on feelings can be risky. Look at the situation for what it is, use your context clues. Ask yourself, "what about this situation is making me have this feeling"?
Prediction- Do you have a crystal ball? Or a Magic 8 ball? If you think you know what will happen future, you are using prediction. Now, based on our own experiences, we can guess what may happen. But often people make decisions based on a false security in prediction that land them in trouble. Sometime prediction is a self fulfilling prophecy. Try something instead of predicting the future. You may surprise yourself!
Mountains and Molehills- Sometimes when we find ourselves in a negative situation, it feels very intense. Sometimes we find ourselves exaggerating the risks, or dangers. We overlook the positives or decide not to see the possibilities of our situations. This is called making a mountain out of a molehill. This type of negative thinking is really unhelpful. Creating tunnel vision and only focusing on a blown up version of negativity can skew your perspective and trick you into making decisions out of fear. Look at the details of your situation for what they are. Do not exaggerate, it creates a lie. And who wants to make decisions based on a lie?
Please come back as Natalie and Joleen continue to discuss unhelpful thinking habits. As always thanks for stopping by!
Written by Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT
Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT is a licensed therapist and Registered Play Therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Alexa enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Alexa also does play therapy, family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield