Common Mental Mistakes
posted: Feb. 21, 2018.
- 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.