Common unhelpful thinking styles:
- Black and White Thinking – You see things in two categories, when there are actually other options. For example, something must be perfect or it’s a failure.
- Catastrophising – You think of something as being a disaster, when it actually isn’t. Some people call this making a mountain out of a molehill.
- Fortune Telling – You anticipate that events will turn out badly, and you consider your prediction to be an already-established fact.
- Mind Reading – You believe that you know what a person thinks but you haven’t actually asked them.
- Disqualifying the Positive – You reject positive experiences by insisting they “don’t count” for some reason or other.
- Personalisation – You see yourself as the cause of some negative external event, which in fact you were not primarily responsible for.
- Harsh Judgment (of self) – You are much quicker to judge (and condemn) yourself than you would anyone else. You are highly self critical – you lack compassion and fairness towards yourself.