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Thinking Mistakes (Day 4 No Sugar/Alcohol challenge, Day 26 of Beck)

Friday, March 01, 2013

The next step in mastering sabotaging thoughts is to identify the category of thinking mistakes they fall into. I have several types of thinking mistakes.

#3 Overly Positive Fortune Telling (is that really likely?)
* I'll do better tomorrow

#4 Emotional Reasoning (feels true even if evidence says not)
* I really want it!
* I'm mad/sad/anxious and this food/drink will make me feel better

#5 Mind Reading (how do I know what others are thinking?)
* My husband will be disappointed if I don't want to go out for dinner or a treat

#6 Self-Deluding Thinking (stuff I don't really believe)
* Red wine doesn't count because it's good for me
* It's not that fattening
* If no one sees me eat it it doesn't count
* It's okay to eat bad stuff if I'm under my calorie goal for the day

#8 Justification (linking unrelated concepts)
* I'm just going to eat the broken pieces
* This is taking up room on the shelf - I'll just eat it and then not buy any more
* It's a special occasion
* I just got my period and I need sugar

The other thing I need to remember is that I'm not stupid or a failure for having thinking mistakes. It has nothing to do with my intelligence. The important thing now is to identify and learn what to do to correct them.

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