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Common Mental Mistakes

  • All or None Thinking: seeing no middle ground or grey areas
  • Overgeneralization: Unintentional exaggeration of the frequency of a situation.
  • Mental Filter: Acknowledging only information that is consistent with already believed thoughts.
  • Discounting the Positive: Believing that positive information which is contrary to your current beliefs somehow does not count as evidence that the situation is better than it had seemed.
  • Jumping into Conclusion:  Forming an opinion, on which you would act, without knowing the facts.
  • Magnification: Exaggerating the importance of something.
  • Emotional Reasoning and Gut Thinking: Thinking in a certain waythat is heavily influenced by your mood. Also,believing that your feelings are proof that your thoughts are accurate.
  • labeling: Assigning a name to someone or something that does not accurately reflect or describe the person or the object.
  • Confusing needs with wants: Thinking that you need something thatYou can compromise with, just a want.
  • Projection: Assigning your own motives or thoughts to someoneelse, thinking that they must think like you do’
  • Magical Worry: Believing that somehow your worry keeps the feared event from occurring.
  • Confusing Inability with Unwillingness: Thinking that you cannot do something when in fact you do not do it because you are reluctant.

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