Posted on Dec 20, 2008 | Comments 1
At any given moment, we are held hostage by something we seldom acknowledgeâ€”our thoughts.
The things we think about the breakup of a romantic relationship, a fight with a friend, or even about something as miniscule as getting a parking ticket dominates our lives without us ever really recognizing it.
As humans, we have the unique ability to reflect on events and circumstances, and while that is a good thing, it carries with it, a riskâ€“ the way we think about things has a profound affect on how we feel.
Negative thinking can adversely impact not only our mood, but our physical health, too.
Therefore, it is imperative to examine what we are thinking and treat our thoughts as mere constructs that we have the power to harness with a little effort.
Analyzing our thoughts is particularly crucial for those of us who have the tendency to be depressed. This is because those of us who suffer from depression regularly form inaccurate thoughts that we convince ourselves are true.
These irrational thoughts, which are repeated over and over again, are known to therapists who practice cognitive behavioral therapy as cognitive distortions.
Mental health professionals disagree on whether cognitive distortions cause depression or whether depression causes cognitive distortions, but it is universally recognized that such patterns of thought make us feel terrible about ourselves.
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