Cognitive Distortions are ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t actually true, but feels true. Your thoughts twist reality and you start to feel like you’re bad, broken or deficient. Or you begin to see the world as dangerous, threatening, or cruel.
You Don't Realize you're Doing it
But here’s the thing with Cognitive distortions - You don’t realize you’re doing it. You think the way you see things is reality. It feels true. When you think or talk through the lens of a cognitive distortion, you sound rational and accurate (to yourself). And it’s habitual, you’ve been thinking this way for so long that it just feels normal and natural to think this way. So Is there anything you can do about this? You can change how you feel by changing how you think. The first step is to learn what Cognitive Distortions are and notice when you’re using them.
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