Examples of Irrational Beliefs/Thinking Errors
Common Irrational Beliefs
- It is an absolute necessity for a person to have love and approval from peers, family, and friends.
- You must be unfailingly competent and nearly perfect in all you undertake.
- It is horrible when people and things are not the way you would like them to be.
- You feel fear and anxiety about anything that is unknown, uncertain, or potentially dangerous.
Common Thinking Errors
- All-or-none thinking: Seeing things in black and white categories. If a situation is not perfect, you see it as a total failure.
- Catastrophizing: Holding an inaccurate view of a situation (or the possible consequence of an event) as terrible or far worse than it actually is.
- Bad bookkeeping: One negative event or one unfinished task cancels out all of the positive events or finished tasks.
- Over-generalizing: Falsely assuming that, because you have had a bad experience in a situation, this bad experience will repeat itself in other situations.