Negative Thinking Patterns Part 2

Today we're continuing our discussion on unhealthy thinking patterns. We may not be aware that we're doing these, but it's very helpful to recognize them because these thinking patterns can interfere in communication, and the way we interact with others. 5. Catastrophizing: You expect disaster. You notice or hear about a problem and start "what if's". What if tragedy strikes? What if it happens to you?

6. Personalization: Thinking that everything people do or say is some kind of reaction to you. You also compare yourself to others, trying to determine who's smarter, better looking, etc.

7. Control Fallacies: If you feel externally (outside) controlled, you see yourself as helpless & a victim of fate. The fallacy of internal (inside) control has you responsible for the pain and happiness of everyone around you.

8. Fallacy of Fairness: You feel resentful because you think you know what's fair, but other people won't agree with you.

Please keep reading as we have 7 more negative patterns to identify. Thanks for reading!

Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC

*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counselingat Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.