COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS (or, how your brain fools you into feeling like 💩)

From the book Feeling Good by David D. Burns, MD, introduced to me by a past therapist, and presented to you in list form by your friendly neighborhood ball of anxiety 😑
  1. ALL-OR-NOTHING THINKING
    Feeling like you're a failure if you aren't 100% perfect
  2. OVERGENERALIZATION
    After one bad thing happens, assuming that it's the start of a never-ending pattern of horribleness
  3. DISQUALIFYING THE POSITIVE
    Feeling like the good things about you or your life "don't count" for some reason
  4. MIND READING
    Assuming that someone doesn't like you without checking to see if that's even true
  5. THE FORTUNE TELLER ERROR
    Feeling convinced that things will turn out badly even though nothing has even happened yet
  6. MAGNIFICATION AND MINIMIZATION
    Exaggerating the importance of your mistakes or other people's achievements, shrinking the importance of your achievements or other people's mistakes
  7. EMOTIONAL REASONING
    Assuming that, because you FEEL horrible, things really are horrible
  8. SHOULD STATEMENTS
    Bullying yourself with "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts" until you feel super guilty
  9. LABELING
    Instead of thinking "I made a mistake by doing xyz" thinking "I'm a FAIIIILUUUURE" and instead of thinking "he did a thing that bothered me" thinking "He's an IDIOT" etc.
  10. PERSONALIZATION
    Seeing yourself as the cause of a bad thing you were not primarily responsible for