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15 styles of distorted thinking

FILTERING: You take the negative details and magnify them while filtering out all positive aspects of a situation.

POLARIZED THINKING: Things are black or white, good or bad. You have to be perfect or you're a failure. There is no middle ground.

OVERGENERALIZATION: You come to a general conclusion based on a single incident or piece of evidence. If something bad happens once you expect it to happen over and over again.

MIND READING: Without their saying so, you know what people are feeling and why they act the way they do. In particular , you are able to divine how people are feeling toward you.

CATASTROPHIZING: You expect disaster. You notice or hear about a problem and start " what if's " What if tragedy strikes? what if it happens to you?

PERSONALIZATION: Thinking that everything people do or say is some kind of reaction to you. You also compare yourself to others, trying to determine who's smarter, better looking, etc...

CONTROL FALLACIES: If you feel externally controlled, you see yourself as helpless, a victim of fate. The fallacy of internal control has you responsible for the pain and happiness of everyone around you.

FALLACY of FAIRNESS : You feel resentful because you think you know what's fair but other people won't agree with you.

BLAMING : You hold other people responsible for your pain, or take the other tack and blame yourself for every problem or reversal.

SHOULD: You have a list of ironclad rules about how you and other people should act. People who break the rules anger you and you feel guilty if you break the rules.

EMOTIONAL REASONING: you believe that what you feel must be true automatically. If you feel stupid and boring, you must be stupid and boring.

FALLACY of CHANGE: You expect that other people will change to suit you if you just pressure or cajole them enough. You need to change people because your hope for happiness seems to depend entirely on them.

GLOBAL LABELING : You generalize one or two qualities into a negative global judgement.

BEING RIGHT : You are continually on trial to prove that your opinions and actions are correct. Being wrong is unthinkable and you will go to any length to demonstrate your rightness.

HEAVAN'S REWARD FALLACY : You expect all your sacrifices and self-denial to pay off, as if there were someone keeping score. You feel bitter when the reward doesn't come.

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Psychology Jargon

These are actual psycholological terminalogy and definitions. They are a type of Level 1 (psychotic) defense mechanisms.

Level 2 is immature, 3 is neurotic, and 4 is mature.

Now, I am betting that

Now, I am betting that everyone here knows at least one person that fits one of those categories.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Or perhaps everyone here actually

suffers from at least one category. It sure seems that way to me at times.

The mother of all - CONFUSION

(almost) all confusion is simple refusal to deal with reality. Example:

"I don't understand what's happening."

"Oh, yes you do."

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BLAMING is actually defined slightly differently in

Essentials of Abnormal Psychology

Someone with a neurosis takes the blame for everything that happens to them, they consider themselves victims of the world due to their being 'less-than' everyone else. Even bad things that happen to other people are somehow their fault for simply knowing the person.

A personality disordered person, however, accepts no responsibility for anything that happens. These are the big ego type people whose egos are really just fronts based on no foundation whatsoever, which is why they are so easily shattered by any hint that they may be at fault for something, anything.

In either case the person's interpretation of blame and responsibility is seriously out of whack.

BTW I can happily say that this book is free of the psychobabble and new-agey crap that so often permeates psychology books that don't even deserve mention, such as the DSM-IV...

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16. SORTING : A pathological need to make lists.

ha ha j/k great post.

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As charged


For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

However it is a great way to avoid the feeling of...


heh heh...

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