FORM B.2.Categories of Distorted Automatic Thoughts:A Guide for Patients1.Mind reading:You assume that you know what people think without having sufficient evidenceof their thoughts. “He thinks I’m a loser.”2.Fortunetelling:You predict the future negatively: Things will get worse, or there is dangerahead. “I’ll fail that exam,” or “I won’t get the job.”3.Catastrophizing:You believe that what has happened or will happen will be so awful and un-bearable that you won’t be able to stand it. “It would be terrible if I failed.”4.Labeling:You assign global negative traits to yourself and others. “I’m undesirable,” or “He’s arotten person.”5.Discounting positives:You claim that the positive things you or others do are trivial. “That’swhat wives are supposed to do—so it doesn’t count when she’s nice to me,” or “Those successeswere easy, so they don’t matter.”6.Negative filtering:You focus almost exclusively on the negatives and seldom notice thepositives. “Look at all of the people who don’t like me.”
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