Thinking Trap Series: Introduction

Reduce anxiety and depression by challenging common cognitive distortions

Are you finding yourself stuck in a negative feedback loop with no way out?

Those struggling with anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem typically develop  a strong, persistent negative perspective. Our minds convince us this negative perspective is real, by locking us into thought distortions or “thinking traps” in order to  maintain this negative perspective.

It’s important to note that everyone will fall into thinking traps from time to time. People with a balanced perspective however, seem to recognize how unfairly they are treating themselves and set the record straight.

Remember:  thoughts drive our emotions which controls our behaviour.

Thought distortions can become problematic to our mental health, leading to uncomfortable and hurtful emotions which may negatively impact our actions, choices, and decisions.

This series will  focus on the following most common thinking traps and ways to tackle them:

  • Mind Reading
  • Black-and white thinking
  • Fortune-telling
  • Overgeneralization
  • Labeling
  • Overestimating Danger
  • Filtering
  • Catastrophizing
  • Should Statements
  • Perfectionism
  • Minimizing
  • Blaming

An effective way to tackle thinking traps is through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This therapy gets to the bottom of our cognitive distortions and assists in re-formatting the messages we tell ourselves.

It can be challenging to handle working though these thinking traps!  If you’d like to talk more with one of our therapists, please reach out!

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