Unhelpful Thinking Styles

  • 1. Mental Filter – This can give us tunnel vision when we filter out some information to concentrate on some other information. Often this involves looking at the negative aspects of something and filtering out the positives.  Example: 5 people say positive things about but you concentrate on the one person who doesn’t appreciate you.
  • 2. Jumping to Conclusions – This is when we have a hunch about something and presume that we are correct.  We cannot read other people’s minds or predict the future.   When we try we often cause ourselves trouble and disrespect the one who is interacting with us.  We often interpret negative thoughts and feelings when they are not intended.
  • 3. Personalization – This occurs when you blame yourself for things that you do not have control over.  Carrying a high percentage of the blame will leave you overwhelmed and discouraged.  Although accepting responsibility for      your actions is considered a positive characteristic, it is unhelpful to accept more responsibility than is yours to carry.
  • 4. Catastrophizing – This is another way of saying you are making mountains out of mole hills.  This happens when we view the situation as terrible, awful, dreadful or horrible.  When we do this we are likely to self-fulfill our thoughts.
  • 5. Black and White Thinking – This is similar to all or nothing thinking.  People are often proud of this characteristic but it can place friction mobile casino between you and those who don’t see things the same way.  This also keeps us from accepting and learning from others.
  • 6. Should’ing and Must’ing – When we apply this way of thinking it often leads to unrealistic expectations.  Also when we fall short of the “should’s” and the “must’s” we can easily get frustrated, angry or disappointed.  Be careful not to set the bar too high for yourself and others.
  • 7. Overgeneralization – We do this when we make broad generalizations and global conclusions based on limited evidence.  Many times this includes using statements such as, “all”, “never”, “always”, or “every”.
  • 8. Labeling – By defining yourself or another person by one specific behavior we often ignore other positive qualities and characteristics.  Note: people including yourself often live down to their labels.
  • 9. Emotional Reasoning – Occurs when we live according to our emotions. When we live this way we tend to accept our emotions as the ultimate truth.  It’s like we are saying to ourselves, “I feel, therefore it is.”  Then we don’t allow rational thoughts or objective facts to influence us appropriately.
  • 10. Magnification and Minimization – This often means we magnify the attributes of others and minimize our own attributes.  However, this can      also work the other way as well.  We can get in the habit of minimizing our own involvement in a problem and place the blame on others.
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