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Stop! Don’t Jump To Conclusions

You parked the car after you dropped your girlfriend off at the restaurant/bar. As you walk in the door, you see her talking to another guy… What is your first thought?
A. She is meeting new people and friends you both may like?
B. She is bored of you and is cheating on you. She’s making plans to hook-up with him behind your back?

Well if you thought “B,” you might be jumping to conclusions…and may have a few jealousy issues. Still we all can jump to conclusions, at times, but if that is a common characteristic we have, we may be dealing with something a little more distorted.

If we are jumping to conclusions often, we may be dealing with Cognitive Distortions that generally convince ourselves of something which isn’t really correct. These incorrect thoughts, “These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions — telling ourselves things that sound rational and accurate, but really only serve to keep us feeling bad about ourselves.” – 15 Common Cognitive Distortions

The Mental Health Humor Family Stew cartoon today got its inspiration from #4 of the 15 Common Cognitive Distortions by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

4. Jumping to Conclusions.

Without individuals saying so, we know what they are feeling and why they act the way they do. In particular, we are able to determine how people are feeling toward us.

For example, a person may conclude that someone is reacting negatively toward them but doesn’t actually bother to find out if they are correct. Another example is a person may anticipate that things will turn out badly, and will feel convinced that their prediction is already an established fact.

Stop! Don’t Jump To Conclusions

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2014). Stop! Don’t Jump To Conclusions. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 24, 2020, from


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