Cognitive Distortions – Part 2

In our last post, we began discussing some of the most common cognitive distortions people experience. At Labyrinth Psychological Services, we know that therapy can help people to work through the ANTs they are battling on a daily basis. Continue reading the list below and seek help from our talented staff of mental health professionals should any of the following or aforementioned distortions sound like you.

  1. Control Fallacies

    In most cases, people who experience control fallacies see themselves as helpless victims at the mercy of whatever the world or fate throws at them. These are known as external control fallacies. When a person feels as though they have control over dreamstime_xxl_145417others it is known as an internal control fallacy.

  2. Blaming

    This sort of ANT results in a person refusing to take any responsibility for the things that happen to them. They will play the blame game until they have relinquished all control in the path their life has taken or is currently taking.

  3. Emotional Reasoning

    People who suffer from this type of cognitive distortion believe that just because they feel something automatically makes it true. This often manifests itself in negative self-talk.

  4. Fallacy of Change

    Many people are guilty of this distortion. This occurs when someone thinks they can change another person simply by pressuring them to change. The result(whether they change or not) can be detrimental on the person who is suffering from this ANT as they rely on others changing to give them happiness.

  5. Heaven’s Reward Fallacy

    These sort of people think that because they sacrifice their own personal needs that they will eventually get all the good that they deserve. However, they often feel let down when this does not happen.

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