FORM B.2. Categories of Distorted Automatic Thoughts: A Guide for Patients 1. Mind reading: You assume that you know what people think without having sufficient evidence of their thoughts. “He thinks I’m a loser.” 2. Fortunetelling: You predict the future negatively: Things will get worse, or there is danger ahead. “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 a rotten person.” 5. Discounting positives: You claim that the positive things you or others do are trivial. “That’s what wives are supposed to do—so it doesn’t count when she’s nice to me,” or “Those successes were easy, so they don’t matter.” 6. Negative filtering: You focus almost exclusively on the negatives and seldom notice the
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