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Ten of the Most Common Errors in Thinking

In my most recent post, I talked about cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and about evaluating the rationality of our thoughts. If, as CBT assumes, thoughts cause emotions and behaviors, then changing our maladaptive thoughts and replacing them with rational ones,

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  • April 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I am quite familiar with the type of thinking errors you described. I come from a family that consistently speaks just as you have described in your examples. Apparently, in order to cope with the constant drama and chaos that is created by this type of thinking, I’ve become quite dependent on rational reasoning and logic. I’m wondering what do you advise on how to handle people who are currently imbibing in thinking errors?

    • April 19, 2018 at 1:36 am

      Thank you Charlie for your comment and for sharing. You ask a good question. But as is the case with many psychology-related questions, I believe the answer depends on many factors (e.g., a person’s relation with such people), and that a therapist is in a better position to assess the situation. The reason I say so is that cognitive errors may be associated with various situational factors and even be symptomatic of mental illness (e.g., anxiety and depression).

      But as a general strategy and with the goal of maintaining one’s own mental balance while in contact with emotional thinkers, I believe that relying on rational reasoning (just as you seem to have done) is a good way to go.


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