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Cognitive Distortions Unpacked: A Series

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In the Quiet Corners of the Mind

Explore the less illuminated paths of thinking, where logic often yields to shadow and distortion. Here, a thought that seems harmless at first can stretch and twist into something entirely different under the subtle sway of cognitive distortions.

Unseen Threads That Tug

Every day, myriad thoughts influence decisions and shape perceptions. These thoughts are the quiet narrators of stories, often going unnoticed, yet profoundly influential. But what happens when these narrators stretch the truth, or when the reality gets slightly warped by the subconscious?

This series delves into these distortions—not to diagnose flaws, but to understand the intriguing patterns that naturally emerge in the mind. Like uncovering a winding street in a familiar town, each post reveals something both strange and intriguing about the ways we think.

A Journey of Discovery

This is not just an explanation; it's a discovery. Each article in the series gently excavates the everyday errors that make thinking so uniquely human. From a memory that seems sharper than it should to a prediction that’s gloomier than tomorrow's actual weather, each narrative draws on the silent ballet of thoughts that dance in the back alleys of consciousness, often unnoticed yet profoundly impactful.

An Invitation

Pause and peer into the less traveled paths of the mental landscape. Delight in discovering why and how these unseen influences shape everyday perceptions and behaviors. Together, let's learn to see these paths a little more clearly, and perhaps, tread a bit more thoughtfully.

As this journey unfolds, it's not just about thinking—it's about seeing anew.

Cognitive Distortions Unpacked: A Series

Series Kickoff:

  • Welcome to our insightful journey through the complex pathways of our thoughts, where we'll explore the subtle yet profound ways our perceptions can mislead us. Each entry in this series will delve into a specific cognitive distortion, shedding light on how these mental missteps shape our reality, affect our emotions, and influence our behavior. Join us as we learn to recognize these distortions and gain strategies to navigate through them, enhancing our mental resilience and clarity.

Cognitive Distortions Articles in the Series:

  • This article explores "black-and-white thinking," where life's complexities are reduced to extremes. Learn how this affects decision-making and self-perception, and what strategies can help embrace the nuances of reality.


  • Discover the dangers of drawing broad conclusions from a single negative event. This article will guide you through recognizing overgeneralization and provide techniques to challenge and refine your thought patterns.

Mental Filter

  • Delve into how a mental filter screens out positives and magnifies negatives, distorting your view of reality. We'll discuss how to identify and adjust this filter to achieve a more balanced perspective.

Disqualifying the Positive

  • Understand the impact of rejecting positive experiences by insisting they "don't count." This article offers insights into why we minimize the good and how to start validating all aspects of experiences.

Jumping to Conclusions

  • Split into two distinct parts:

  • Mind Reading: Examine the assumption of knowing what others think without evidence.

  • Fortune Telling: Analyze the tendency to predict negative outcomes baselessly.

  • Both sections will include strategies to cultivate a more grounded and evidence-based outlook.

Magnification (Catastrophizing) or Minimization

  • Learn about the "binocular trick," where the importance of events is blown out of proportion or inappropriately shrunk. This article will help you recognize and recalibrate the scale of your reactions.

Emotional Reasoning

  • Explore how feelings can dominate our logic, leading us to believe that what we feel must be true. This article provides methods to separate feelings from facts, enhancing emotional intelligence.

  • Discuss the trap of "should" statements and the pressure and guilt they often bring. Discover alternative, more flexible ways of thinking that align better with reality and personal values.

  • Investigate this extreme form of overgeneralization where labels are applied too quickly based on minimal evidence. Learn strategies to avoid labeling and to see behaviors and events in a more objective light.


  • This article examines how taking things too personally can distort our understanding of events. Techniques will be shared to help differentiate between personal responsibility and external factors beyond one's control.

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About the Author

Cody Thomas Rounds- Clinical Psychologist

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Cody is board-certified clinical psychologist, but he sees himself as a lifelong learner, especially when it comes to understanding human development and the profound impact of learning on our well-being.

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