In today’s post on cognitive distortions, I’d like to cover the next one which is emotional reasoning.
This is where a person strongly believes that whatever they feel is automatically true without the need to question it because they feel it so strongly → feelings are facts:
“I feel like everything is hopeless, so it must be…”
“If I feel this way, it must be right!”
Thus, ‘counter’ it by pausing to take deep breaths; and allow for the feelings to arise, feel it in your body and let it pass; consider that feelings might be a misrepresentation of facts.
Look out for the next post then! And feel free to share any questions that you might have about cognitive distortions too!