One Cognitive Error:..Mental Filtering

Isaac Ilyich Levitan

Isaac Ilyich Levitan

 

“You, or parts of yourself, focus on a single negative detail of an event and you can think of nothing else.

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Positive experiences are rejected because you believe they are not real, do not last, do not count, or are only the result of luck.

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You lose perspective.  For example, you prepared a nice dinner, except the salad dressing was a little too tart.

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You keep having negative thoughts about the dressing, how people think you are incompetent and a terrible cook, and you are convinced the whole dinner was a  complete failure.”

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We need to be aware, so we do not add cognitive errors to our PTSD symptoms.  PTSD has plenty of symptoms for us already.

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