Chapter 7. Cognitive Distortions

  1. Ann Williamson MB, ChB, BSCAH Accred, medical General Practitioner Certified Practitioner Master Practitioner Therapist

Published Online: 8 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773260.ch7

Brief Psychological Interventions in Clinical Practice

Brief Psychological Interventions in Clinical Practice

How to Cite

Williamson, A. (2008) Cognitive Distortions, in Brief Psychological Interventions in Clinical Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470773260.ch7

Author Information

  1. British Society of Clinic & Academic Hypnosis, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470513064

Online ISBN: 9780470773260

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Keywords:

  • cognitive distortion;
  • emotional filter;
  • mind-reading or crystal ball gazing;
  • personalisation factor in depression;
  • cost-benefit analysis

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • I feel = I am

  • Black and white thinking

  • Generalisation

  • Focus of attention

  • Mind-reading

  • Try, must and should

  • Personalisation

  • Behaviour = identity

  • Evidence

  • Cost-benefit analysis

  • Counselling ‘swear words’ needing a challenge

  • Examples of phrases that need challenge or qualification to help your client begin to gain a different perspective

  • What are your favourite ways to distort your thinking?