Blog Posts - Distorted Thinking



When the Anxious Amygdala Does the Thinking!?

This is an appendum to yesterday’s blog – Ultimately, as this study (1) alludes to, there is a vital role for amygdaloid activity in both anxiety disorders and in alcoholism. It seems, however, to be suggesting that this amygdaloid hypera...
by Inside The Alcoholic Brain on Aug 23, 2015

The Balm Of Reason

I was in a meeting yesterday and it was the type of meeting that I love – the type of meeting when we get down to what is really wrong with us other than alcoholism – rather than talking about our drinking we share on what is wrong with t...

How to Tackle Distorted Thinking and Overcome Anxiety

How to Tackle Distorted Thinking and Overcome Anxiety As hard as we may try to see things as they really are, everybody has patterns of “distorted thinking” to some extent. This distorted thinking generally leads us to interpret ordinary situatio...
by Private Counselling London on Nov 18, 2014

Why Does He DO That? Introduction (Part 3)

We are reading, and, I hope, entering into a healthy discussion of the book Why Does He DO That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft.Please, do buy your own copy - both because I won't be excerpting all of it, and because...

15 Styles Of Distorted Thinking

1. Filtering: You take the negative details and magnify them, while filtering out all positive aspects of a situation. A single detail may be picked out, and the whole event becomes coloured by this detail. When you pull negative things out of contex...
by Connecting Hypnotherapy... on May 10, 2013

Empathy vs. Sympathy vs. File Not Found

When we say we want a partner to demonstrate empathy, is perhaps what we really mean  sympathy? From Dictionary.comem·pa·thy1.  the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of anot...

Too Perfect Tuesdays - Chap 10 - Don't Be Pressured Into Disavowing Your Own Feelings and Preferences

This post continues with Living With the Obsessive: 4 - Don't Be Pressured into Disavowing Your Own Feelings and Preferences from Chapter Ten.This series looks at a small snippet of The book on the Perfectionist Personality, aka The Obsessi...

Too Perfect Tuesdays - Chap 10 - Living With the Obsessive

This post continues with Living With the Obsessive from Chapter Ten.This series looks at a small snippet of The book on the Perfectionist Personality, aka The Obsessive Compulsive disordered Personality, aka OCPD, each week. Please f...

Too Perfect Tuesdays - Chap 9 - The Drive of Demand-Sensitivity, Thinkaholism, and Orderliness

This post continues with The Driving Forces: The DRIVE OF DEMAND-SENSITIVITY, THINKAHOLISM, AND ORDERLINESS from Chapter Nine.This series looks at a small snippet of The book on the Perfectionist Personality, aka The Obsessive Compulsive di...

Too Perfect Tuesday - Chap 9 - The Hidden Workaholic

This post continues with The Hidden Workaholic from Chapter Nine.This series looks at a small snippet of The book on the Perfectionist Personality, aka The Obsessive Compulsive disordered Personality, aka OCPD, each week. Please follo...

Too Perfect Tuesday - Chap 9 - When the Workaholic Can't Work & Workaholics and Denial

Workaholics the Comedy Central Show - hilariousWorkaholics in person - not so much funThis post continues with When the Workaholic Can't Work and Workaholics and Denial from Chapter Nine.This series looks at a small snippet of The book on t...

Too Perfect Tuesdays - Chap 8 - Mental Orderliness & Rigidity

The Matrix via WikimediaThis post continues with Mental Orderliness and Rigidity from Chapter Eight.This series looks at a small snippet of The book on the Perfectionist Personality, aka The Obsessive Compulsive disordered Personality,...

A-Z: Xcess - That Invisible Dividing Line from Quirky to Crazy

How do we tell when somebody has crossed the line from quirky to crazy? That's part of the problem, because many symptoms of mental illness actually look quite admirable - in smaller doses.The key is Xcess and Xtreme. (Getting a bit creative with the...

A-Z: Work on Yourself

from styledip.comWhen we're in a relationship with a person with a mental illness, we want them to "go get fixed." Am I right?Here was my personal progression, when my OCPD ex and I moved in together.1) We're having a very rough transition into this...

A-Z: Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word

IMO, more people are afraid of a bad therapist than a bad marriage. Generally those who've experienced a disastrous love relationship will be willing to try again with a new partner, but if they've had a bad therapy experience...!Besides which, there...

A-Z: Obsession Stinks - And I Ain't Talking About the Cologne

Magnificent Obsession (1935 film)(Photo credit: Wikipedia)As I blogged before, Obsession and Compulsion go together in many people's minds like peanut butter and jelly. Or better yet, Bonnie and Clyde - a couple who might not have been all that...

A-Z: Mental Health - Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon(Photo credit: Wikipedia)Did you wake up today and ponder, "Should I be totally sane, a little bit wild and wacky, or full-on Crazy McCrazypants?" just like you would decide whether to wear a green shirt or a blue one?Me...

A-Z: Kindness & Being A Pushover - Not The Same Thing

We tend to give people not necessarily what they want, but what we would want if we were in their place.Sometimes we think we are being kind, when in reality, what are we doing? Avoiding confrontation. Being "nice" - because it is much less work to b...

Faux-pology, Anyone? More Like A Three-Pronged Attack

photo from Tactical Awareness & Combat TechniquesRanted at, screamed at, even; called names and ridiculed in every way possible, and then, later, getting a feeble apology laced with excuses, and then, the day after that, a long list of justificat...

Too Perfect Tuesdays - Chap 7 - Preoccupation and Doubt

 This post continues with Preoccupation and Doubt from Chapter Seven.This series looks at a small snippet of The book on the Perfectionist Personality, aka The Obsessive Compulsive disordered Personality, aka OCPD, each week. Plea...


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