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8 Therapy Choices To Stop Self Sabotage & Distorted Thinking

Cognitive distortions are exaggerated negative thought patterns, which can lead to social anxiety, depression, general anxiety and self sabotage. Distorted thinking can be very powerful, causing us to slip into self sabotage, anxiety and depression. Here’s how therapy can help. 



Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) use techniques effective in relieving cognitive distortions. Using these techniques negative thought patterns are replaced, improving overall wellbeing and mood.

The double-standard method encourages positive, compassionate self-talk

The survey method helps you unpack whether your interpretation of other people’s attitudes is realistic

Analyzing the evidence involves examining how realistic your causes for negative thinking are

Thinking shades of gray responds to all-or-nothing thought patterns by rating experiences on a scale of 0 – 100

Reattribution helps stop self blame in difficult situations, taking external factors that are ignored into consideration



1. Recognize the thought as being distorted.

2. Challenge the thought with facts. What evidence is there to support your thoughts?

3. Redirect your thinking in a rational, positive direction

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