Two Common Thought Traps to Avoid For A Healthy Reasoning

There are many anxiety inducing patterns often called cognitive distortions or thought traps. These are ways of thinking that seem true but are in fact not reasonable, realistic or relevant to the situation.

Noticing when we are using thought traps and countering them is an important part of traditional CBT-exercises according to Aaron and Burns that also can reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Two of the most common thought traps are:

Over-generalization is when a negative event is viewed as a future permanent pattern, as when something bad happens just once, it is expected to happen repeatedly again. A common example is a person who has a negative dating experience thinks this will happen repeatedly and hence avoids any new dates.

Polarized ‘black or white’ thinking: In this kind of thinking, things are only in extremes, either black or white, all or nothing. This is common for perfectionism when one either performs as expected or consider oneself worthless. There are no shades of gray or allowing for the complexity of most people and situations.

A common example is when a person who lapsed in judgement once is treated as a person who cannot be trusted, equalizing an experience of a behavior with a permanent trait rather than depending on the situation, other relationships etc.

More about typical thought traps/distortions and how to address them in upcoming posts.

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