Thinking Errors also known as Cognitive Distortions
are tricky little misconceptions that our brains lead us to believe are 100% true. At times our thinking errors may be rooted in some truth, but more often they are an ounce of reality and a pound of fallacy.
Thinking errors tend to be our automatic or initial thought.
For example, I see someone whispering and my first thought is - They must be talking about me.
I really had no good reason for thinking that.
Perhaps in the past people have been whispering about me and thus my experience plays a role in me adopting this thinking pattern.
However, there have been many other instances where people were whispering and it was not about me. So I could correct this thinking error by reminding myself of such instances and realistically coming to the conclusion that it is unlikely they are whispering about me.
The above example is a cognitive distortion called:
Assuming is a thinking error that is trademarked by making a snap judgement without all of the facts.
And we do it all of the time!
"So and so didn't smile when they walked pass me in the cafeteria, I must've done something to upset them."
"Well, that text message was short. I guess my friend is in a bad mood."
"My boss is spending more time with my coworker. I must not be doing a very good job."
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