Feelings Aren't Facts
Say it louder for the people in the back!
Emotional reasoning is a thought distortion that can be especially challenging.
So much of what we believe is often times dictated by how we feel.
However, what we feel isn't always rational in relation to the facts.
If you've ever overacted you know this to be true.
So what can we do about it?
In a society that puts so much emphasis on validating one's feelings, we have to work extra hard at self-reflecting and critiquing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Of course it feels wonderful for someone to validate your feelings, but if you tend to struggle with emotional reasoning, chances are it is contributing to some difficulties in your personal relationships.
Your feelings may be valid, based on a number of circumstances, but ask yourself if they are rational based on the facts of each difficult situation you encounter.
Substance Abuse Counselor