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Module Six: Cognitive Distortion (II)

Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.

– Albert Einstein

As you become more mindful and aware of your own distorted thinking in times of distress, you may notice your own tendency to fall into specific distorted thinking patterns more so than others. Before describing additional distorted thinking patterns, here are some steps you can take to address many different types of distorted thinking:

  • Take a deep breath and be mindful of how you are thinking. Take note of whether your thoughts are coming in slowly or quickly. Are they coming in complete sentences or in phrases and shorthand? Are you using hyperbolic language in your thinking, words such as “always” or “never” or “everybody”? Are you using “I” statements or “you” statements? Are your thoughts specific or general?
  • Rephrase your thought as a complete sentence.
  • If you notice hyperbolic language, ask yourself if this is really the case. If you notice a lot of generalized statements, try to be specific. If you notice a lot of “you” statements, try to rephrase these as “I” statements.