Much has been written about cognitive distortions — those fixed, inaccurate patterns of thinking that can cause so much unhappiness. A quick Google search turns up dozens of articles that list any number of distortions — as few as five, or as many as 50. Catastrophizing, black-and-white thinking, and overgeneralization are among the most frequently cited. But as any student of CBT will tell you, it’s difficult to make an exhaustive list of cognitive distortions, because they tend to overlap. After all, isn’t catastrophizing really just another form of jumping to conclusions — and don’t both of these distortions reflect unnecessary magnification?
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