What Cognitive Distortions do to us which stops us from thinking clearly? – Tutorial no. 6

May 23, 2020
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What cognitive distortions do we us which stops us thinking clearly?

    • How often have you used the phrase “Everyone hates me”…when it’s really only one or two people you might have fallen out with?
    • Do you say things like “That’s bad” without really know who said it was bad or why it’s bad, but rather you’re simply repeating what you’ve heard?
    • Do you jump to conclusions eg “She yelled at me, which means she doesn’t like me” How does yelling equate with not liking – perhaps she simply can’t control her voice!

I will discuss the common distortions of thinking and how we can overcome them

Dr Audrey Tang


What is Cognitive Distortion? << A cognitive distortion is an exaggerated or irrational thought pattern involved in the onset and perpetuation of psychopathological states, especially those more influenced by psychosocial factors, such as depression and anxiety >>. Cognitive Distortions are simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t really true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions — telling ourselves things that sound rational and accurate, but really only serve to keep us feeling bad about ourselves (source: psycentral.com).

For instance, a person might tell themselves, “I always fail when I try to do something new; I therefore fail at everything I try.” This is an example of “black or white” (or polarized) thinking.

Cognitive distortions are at the core of what many cognitive-behavioral and other kinds of therapists try and help a person learn to change in psychotherapy. By learning to correctly identify this kind of “stinkin’ thinkin’,” a person can then answer the negative thinking back, and refute it.

15 common Cognitive Distortions:

    • Filtering
    • Polarised thinking (or Black or White thinking)
    • Overgeneralisation
    • Jumping to conclusions
    • Catastrophising
    • Personalisation
    • Control Fallacies
    • Fallacy of Fairness
    • Blaming
    • Shoulds
    • Emotional reasoning
    • Fallacy of change
    • Global labelling
    • Always being right
    • Heaven’s reward fallacy

The best person to dive into these personality traits is a Chartered Psychoterapist! Dr Audrey Tang will do wonders on Sunday at 5PM (London GMT) in our next Webinar! Register now

In the Caribbean (and by extension, in the Black community) these personality traits are addressed with expressions like:

  • “Scarcity Holes” in Neil deGrasse Tyson scientific type of languages
  • “P*ssyholes” in Jamaica
  • Knuckleheads, when poor
  • “Ahead of their time”, when rich

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Monday 18th May Emotions, Feelings and Creative Stigmas: coping with others
Tuesday 19th May What does your brand say about you?
Wednesday 20th May Don’t let others derail you!
Thursday 21th May Mind-games and how to win them!
Friday 22nd May How can you live authentically?
Saturday 23rd May What cognitive distortions do to us which stops us from thinking clearly?
Sunday 24th May Join the Webinar (on Zoom) at 5PM with Dr Audrey Tang Click Here

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