Ok so i just read in my bipolar 2 workbook that there are a few cognitive distortions that bipolar sufferers have and i was looking through this list and i do recall myself having a few of them but at the same time i think maybe everyone thinks like this in some form or another.. but maybe in bipolar they are more regular… anyways i’m making the list…
the ones that i list first are the ones that i have and then ill post the rest..
- Mind Reading : Thinking that I “know” what someone else is thinking
- Catastrophizing: Imagining the worst-case scenario
- All-or-Nothing thinking : (also known as Black-and-white Thinking) seeing things either back or white, with on gray or middle ground; things are either wonderful or awful with nothing in between; terms such as “always” or “never” are typical
- Mental Filter: Focusing ont he negative details of an even or situation, without seein the full picture.
- Jumping to conclusions: Reaching conclusions (usually negative) using only small amounts of evidence.
- Overgeneralizing: Taking isolated incidents and making broad generalizations; seeing a single negative situation as a pattern of failure
- Labeling: Using negative self-talk, such as I’m a loser or I am an idiot.
- Emotional Reasoning: Using emotions as truths; for example “I feel like a loser; therefore, I must be a loser”
Now the next few are ones that i cannot recall having but others may…
9. Fortune Telling: Thinking that I “know” how a situation is going to turn out without having any evidence
10. Personalizing: Blaming myself as the sole cause of an even or situation
11. Magnifying or Minimizing: Making a big deal of the negatives and understating the positives
12. Discounting the Positives: Similar to minimizing; receiving a compliment or praise and discounting it
13. Should-statements: Using rigid rules or statements, such as “i should be able to do this,” rather than focusing on the actual situation.
Which ones can you relate to?