Mindful Emotion Awareness
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Magnification and Minimization
Exaggerating or minimizing the importance of events. One might believe their own achievements are unimportant, or that their mistakes are excessively important.
Seeing only the worst possible outcomes of a situation
Making broad interpretations from a single or few events. "I felt awkward during my job interview. I am always so awkward."
The belief that acts will influence unrelated situations. "I am a good person-bad things shouldn't happen to me."
The belief that one is responsible for events outside of their own control. "My mom is always upset. She would be fine if I did more to help her."
Jumping to Conclusions
Interpreting the meaning of a situation with little or now evidence.
Interpreting the thoughts and beliefs of others without adequate evidence. "She would not go on a date with me. She probably thinks I'm ugly."
The expectation that a situation will turn out badly without adequate evidence.
The assumption that emotions relect the way things really are. "I feel like a bad friend, therefore I must be a bad friend."
Disqulifying the Positive
Recognizing only the negative aspects of a situation while ignoring the positive. One might receive many compliments on an evaluation, but focus on the single piece of negative feedback.
The belif that things should be a certain way. "I should always be friendly."
Thinking in absolutes such as "always", "never", or "every". "I never do a good enough job on anything."