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  • Writer's picturePiper Harris

Stinkin' Thinkin'

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Cognitive Distortions and CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is widely used in treating various mental health conditions. CBT seeks to help individuals to improve their emotional functioning by addressing the negative beliefs and thoughts that often accompany mental illnesses.

One of the key components of CBT is the identification and correction of cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are patterns of negative thinking that often influence an individual's emotional state and behavior. These negative patterns of thinking may be automatic and unconscious and may contribute to the development of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders.

Some common cognitive distortions include:

  • All or Nothing Thinking

  • Overgeneralization

  • Mental Filtering

  • Jumping to Conclusions

  • Emotional Reasoning

  • Catastrophizing

  • Personalization

  • "Should" Statements

CBT seeks to help individuals recognize cognitive distortions in their thinking and challenge them with more positive and realistic thoughts. This can involve techniques such as examining evidence for and against negative thoughts, thought replacement, and behavioral experiments designed to test negative beliefs.

One of the Key Benefits of CBT

Is its focus on action and self-improvement. CBT encourages individuals to take an active role in their treatment and recovery and provides them with the tools they need to challenge negative patterns of thinking and behavior. This can help individuals to become more resilient and better equipped to cope with the challenges of daily life.

Closing It Out

Cognitive distortions are negative patterns of thinking that can be corrected using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT teaches individuals to recognize and challenge cognitive distortions and provides them with the tools they need to overcome negative patterns of thinking and behavior. Through CBT, individuals can gain increased self-awareness, improved emotional functioning, and a greater sense of control over their lives.


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