Module 1, Lesson 1
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Personalizing

While this distorted thinking pattern can be similar to jumping to conclusions, it does so in a more specific way, by relating everything back to yourself or by taking responsibility for something over which you have no control. Here are two examples:

  • When your child falls on the playground at school, you think, “This is my fault. I’m a bad parent.”
  • You call a friend and they don’t answer or call you back. You think, “Why is (my friend) mad at me?” (This is actually an example of both personalizing, because you think your friend’s reason for not calling is about you, and jumping to conclusions, because you don’t know why your friend hasn’t called you back)