In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to reveal the 10 twisted ways of thinking and how to change them.
First a quick update:
**** Can conforming lead to evil acts? – Read the interview & conversation with Professor Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, revealing that when one loses his/her individuality and conforms, one can become dehumanized and can result in committing acts of evil. http://patrickwanis.com/blog/losing-individuality-conforming-dehumanized-leads-evil-acts/
Now, let’s talk about the ten twisted ways of thinking and how to change them.
The way we view the world determines our happiness, success and above all, our emotional freedom & inner peace. Many of us walk around with not just a twisted view of the world but a twisted way of thinking. The following 10 forms of twisted thinking are summaries from Dr. David Burns and his book “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.” He also has a handbook with extensive exercises designed to change the way you think about & perceive the world by transforming your thinking patterns and filters.
The Ten Forms of Twisted Thinking
1. All‑or‑nothing thinking
You see things in black‑or‑white categories. If a situation falls short of perfect, you see it as a total failure. When a young woman on a diet ate a spoonful of ice cream, she told herself, “I’ve blown my diet completely.” This thought upset her so much that she gobbled down an entire quart of ice cream!
You see a single negative event, such as a romantic rejection or a career reversal, as a never‑ending pattern of defeat by using words such as “always” or “never” when you think about it. A depressed salesman became terribly upset when he noticed bird dung on the windshield of his car. He told himself, “Just my luck! Birds are always crapping on my car!”