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Cognitive Behavior A Look At How We Think

Cognitive Behavior

A Look At How We Think

Cognitive Behavior

Cognitive behavior and what does it mean? To be cognitive is to be aware some might say. It’s the thought process of the mind. For purposes of this article I will refer to the persons cognitive as the “story that the mind is making up”. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the oldest forms of counseling. It seems to show a person how their thoughts directly create a feeling and that feeling then creates the behavior as the response.

Most people are so unaware that their mind is totally in control of them. They are enslaved by the mind. Our minds do not know if we are sleeping or awake, dreaming or not. It does not care. It’s main goal and only goal is to survive. To respond to perceived threats and create the fight, flight or freeze response.

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How Our Thoughts Control Us

People so easily allow their thoughts to control their feelings. Away you go on a scary false roller-coaster set off by any and everything you classify as right, wrong, good, bad, etc. You never know when you will be spit off the ride, if ever.

We go in and out of relationships based on the belief or cognition’s that everything is personal. That everything is done to us. We see ourselves against others and this leads to attachment to things outside of ourselves.

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Cognitive Distortions

Cognitive distortion and what are they? Why are so many suffering from their thoughts? These cognitive distortions creep up and are the way in which our mind tell us or convinces us that something is not real. These thoughts are not accurate. They serve only to reinforce thinking that is inaccurate. It keeps a person feeling awful about themselves.

These cognitive distortions lay at the core or base of what CBT therapy aims to help a client change. The result is finding relief and being set free from the mind. Once a person can identify correctly the altered or false thinking they will replace the statement with a more balanced, kind and rational thought. Refuting this negative thinking slowly but steadily starts to diminish overtime. Your thoughts will be automatically replaced by more rational, balanced thinking.

Types of Cognitive Distortions
  • Filtering
  • Polarized Thinking (or “Black and White” Thinking)
  • Over-generalization
  • Jumping to Conclusions
  • Catastrophic Thinking
  • Personalizing Everything
  • Control Fallacies
  • Fallacy of Fairness
  • Blaming
  • Emotional Reasoning
  • Fallacy of Change
  • Always Being Right
Cognitive Behavior
Cognitive Behavior

Cognitive distortion and what are they? Why are so many suffering from their thoughts? These cognitive distortions creep up and are the way in which our mind tell us or convinces us that something is not real. These thoughts are not accurate. They serve only to reinforce thinking that is inaccurate. It keeps a person feeling awful about themselves.

These cognitive distortions lay at the core or base of what CBT therapy aims to help a client change. The result is finding relief and being set free from the mind. Once a person can identify correctly the altered or false thinking they will replace the statement with a more balanced, kind and rational thought. Refuting this negative thinking slowly but steadily starts to diminish overtime. Your thoughts will be automatically replaced by more rational, balanced thinking.

Types of Cognitive Distortions
  • Filtering
  • Polarized Thinking (or “Black and White” Thinking)
  • Over-generalization
  • Jumping to Conclusions
  • Catastrophic Thinking
  • Personalizing Everything
  • Control Fallacies
  • Fallacy of Fairness
  • Blaming
  • Emotional Reasoning
  • Fallacy of Change
  • Always Being Right

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