What Are Cognitive Distortions?


What Are Cognitive Distortions?

Cognitive distortions are illogical or irrational ways of thinking. It’s a way our minds trick us into believing that something really isn’t true.

We all think irrationally from time to time; however, cognitive distortions are inaccurate thoughts that reinforce negative thinking, emotions, or behaviors.

They are more common in people with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood dysregulation, or those that have anger management issues.

There are ten common cognitive distortions. This Psych in 60 series on cognitive distortions will help you become more aware of irrational or illogical thoughts that you may have and more importantly, help you mindfully challenge and reduce these ways of thinking.

So live more and live mindfully.

Watch other videos in this series to learn more about cognitive distortions!

Do you have any questions for Psych in 60? Ask us in the comments below!

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Myque Harris, LPC
Myque Harris works as an Integrative Psychotherapist (LPC) and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) in private practice in Charlotte, NC. Her passion for helping people has fueled her career as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for over 13 years. She supports both men and women of all ages across the lifespan, but her practice specializes in supporting adolescent girls and adult women. She is an advocate for POCs and an ally for the LGBTQ community and proudly supports these populations in therapy and in life. As a trained yogi, she incorporates yoga and mindfulness into her clinical practice. One of her ultimate goals is to help individuals connected to their true self and live a rich authentic life. Myque is a mother, loves to read, is a published poet and author, and contributes regularly to shrinktank.com and psychbytes.com. A few things Myque can’t live without: music, love, family, true friends, yoga, and donuts…we can’t forget donuts! Namaste!


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