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How To Recognize Thinking That is Distorted & Irrational

Very Extreme: Seeing things in black and white, and blowing things out of proportion.

Very Broad: Generalizing from a specific; labeling people rather than their behavior.

Very Negative: Dwelling heavily on the negative, not recognizing any positive.

Very Demanding: Wanting things your way and having expectations that also Include being demanding of yourself.

Very Judgmental: Condemning others for their shortcomings and being unable to forgive.

“ Shoulding “on yourself and others: Placing expectation on how one should be,thereby limiting one’s ability to accept self  or others.

Labeling or Interpreting: Blowing mistakes out of proportion, leading to labeling self or others.

Perfectionist: Having a need to be right and not make mistakes, as that would mean one is inferior or is a failure, developing low self-esteem.

Catastrophic: Exaggerating how bad something is when these thoughts are better reserved for life and death situations or events of serious injury.

Idealistic: Denying and having unrealistic expectations that cloud a sense of reality.

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