In this podcast, David and Fabrice discuss the three common distortions: Jumping to Conclusions (including Mind-Reading and Fortune-Telling), Magnification and Minimization (also called the Binocular Trick), and Emotional Reasoning. David explains how the negative versions of these distortions trigger feelings of depression, inferiority, anger, anxiety, shyness, and hopelessness, and how the positive versions can lead to bad habits, such as procrastination and binge-eating, and also helped to trigger the Iraq war.
These and other cognitive distortions to dispute them is very powerful. I wish I could do more than just “wear them” temporarily and make them more permanent in my brain. I feel I need a therapist or group therapy to do that.
Read Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy! You can link to it on Amazon from my Books page at http://www.feelinggood.com. Less than $10. Will help! david
A Timeless classic. I have all your books. One thing however I started w these podcasts is the down arrow technique and the exercise where you rate the 3 categories of satisfaction of an event. In my case paranoia and anxiety. Also I write but do not send letters to people I hate. DO NOT SEND THEM. Then I take out the 10 distortions in Feeling Good and addiction List in When Panic Attacks and correct my mistakes. I did send one. And now he’s one of my friends!
This is a great note, thanks! I appreciate the kinds words. Paranoia and anxiety totally suck. I have felt that way at times, too! So glad you’re doing some great work on these feelings, and kudos on turning that person into your friend! Very cool! David
Thank you for this clarification, I find it very helpful and encouraging. I’m currently a student pursuing a Masters degree in Counseling with a focus as a LMFT. I not only find it as a great tool, but also good practice.
Thank you Pastor Sean! Warmly, david
PS My dad was a pastor (Lutheran).