Jumping to Conclusions & Fortune Telling is the cognitive Distortion of the day. 🔮😥
Jumping to conclusions refers to when one, without reasonable facts or evidence, negatively interprets circumstances, events, statements or environments. Fortune-Telling occurs when one jumps to conclusions, & then predicts that things will turn out badly. One example includes a man or woman telling themselves: "I'm incapable of finding a partner. I'm never going to find love, & I'll be alone forever!" ---------------------------------
What to do if/when you find yourself feeling this way?
1. Awareness is always first. You must know what you want to change in order to do so.
2. Acknowledge your thinking is distorted.
3. Identify which distortion(s) you're using to clarify & raise your self-awareness & insights.
4. Spend some time educating yourself about visualization. This is an evidence-based practice, complete with scientific data & a lot of testimonials (see Richard Suinn, an esteemed sports psychologist working w Olympic athletes since 1972, Guang Yue, an exercise physiologist w the Cleveland Clinic Foundations research, & Kayla Harrison, the first American to win Olympic gold as examples). 5. Talk your concerns over with a trusted friend, group or mental health counselor, who can help you recognize when you are under the influence of this distorted thinking pattern, & are willing to help you generate better feeling thoughts using examples from your own life when things worked out well, and/or sharing experiences from their life with you that turned out successfully.
6. Allow yourself to remain open & willing to change. .
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