Negative Thinking Patterns
There are many thinking patterns that are common when a person undergoes a traumatic event that lead to more negative emotions such as depression, anger, guilt, shame, and/or fear.
These thinking patterns are common in us all, and they are actually based on thinking mistakes or errors. It can be helpful to learn something about these thinking patterns because knowing what they are can make it a bit easier to avoid falling into the habit of thinking this way.
Here is a list of negative thinking patterns. Which patterns of thinking do you think you do?
- Jumping to Conclusions: Drawing conclusions when evidence is lacking or even contradictory.
- Exaggerating or Minimizing the meaning of an event: Blowing things way out of proportion or shrinking their importance inappropriately.
- Catastrophizing: Focusing on the most negative things that could possibly happen.
- Disregarding: Ignoring important aspects of a situation.
- Over Simplifying: Labeling events or beliefs as good/bad or right/wrong.
- Over Generalizing from a single incident: Viewing a negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat.
- Mind Reading: Assuming that people are thinking negatively of you when there is no evidence of this.
- Emotional Reasoning: Reasoning based on an emotional reaction.
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