How to get better at reading the mind and how to avoid getting burned by cognitive dissonance
It can be hard to figure out what is right for you.
This is especially true when you’re dealing with a mental illness.
And you’re not alone.
A study by psychologists at Emory University found that people with bipolar disorder have higher rates of anxiety, depression and anger, and those with autism spectrum disorders have higher risk of suicide.
These are the things that have been shown to be associated with cognitive dissonant behavior, or cognitive distortions, in the mind, according to a study published in Psychological Science.
“The way to deal with these cognitive distortions is to be more sensitive to them, to be aware of the ways in which they are affecting your life,” said lead author Sara E. Hirsch, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Emry University.
“You need to understand your mind and your body.”
“Cognitive distortions are very difficult to identify and understand, especially in the case of those with cognitive disorders, and often they’re hard to recognize because they’re not obvious.
So we had this challenge to figure this out and figure out how to deal effectively with cognitive distortions.”
A mental health professional can help with the cognitive distortions that come with mental illness by listening to your thoughts and feelings, and being able to see what’s really going on in your head, said Hirsch.
For example, when someone is depressed, Hirsch said, she can ask: “What are you thinking?” or “What’s it like being depressed?”
“You can get into a kind of mental breakdown and the mental health professionals can help you recover,” she added.
And while it’s hard to know what the right answer is, if you can learn to identify cognitive distortions and how they affect your life, you can better manage them, she said.
“I think it’s one of the most important things to learn in life is the value of critical thinking and the value and importance of thinking critically, and to ask yourself, ‘What’s my reason for thinking that way?'”
The study found that the more cognitive distortions you experience, the more likely you are to be depressed, depressed mood, anxiety, anger and suicidal thoughts.
And the more they distort your life and your life-work, the higher the risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior, said the study.
Cognitive distortions are often linked to other mental health issues.
Anxiety, for example, can be associated in part with cognitive distorting thought processes.
The symptoms of anxiety include excessive rumination and rumination without thinking, and avoidance of thought, said Jennifer Kostro, PhD who studies anxiety and cognitive distortions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
“It’s very hard to identify anxiety disorders,” she said, but “there’s an association between these cognitive distortions and other mental disorders.”
The most important thing is to understand why you’re doing it, said Erika M. Tromp, PhD in clinical psychology at the Emory School of Medicine.
“If you’re anxious because of a situation or you’re just feeling a sense of helplessness or helplessness, and then you’re also experiencing cognitive distorts, it’s very possible that you’re having a negative reaction to stress or anxiety,” she explained.
“In fact, a lot of times when people experience stress, they may experience a sense that they need to be stronger, and they need a bigger, stronger person to help them cope.
So understanding what is the underlying issue, what is causing your distress, what you’re trying to do to address it, and what you can do to help resolve the situation, is critical.”
Hirsch explained that there are several cognitive distortions: thinking too quickly, thinking too long or too quickly thinking about yourself or others, or focusing on a negative emotion or experience.
She said it’s important to remember that “the goal is to stay focused on what you need to do.”
It’s important that you are always mindful of what you want to accomplish in life, not only to accomplish goals you have set, but to also help others achieve their goals.
“We know that our goals are a reflection of us, and so if we want to have a good life, we have to focus on how we’re going to change the world for the better,” said Hins.
“That means taking action on what we want and on how to make a difference in our world.”
How to recognize cognitive distortions in yourself and others If you are experiencing cognitive distortions from a mental health disorder, your doctor may ask you to take a test called a Psychometric Inventory for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which measures your ability to understand, assess, and manage your mental health.
“Some people have trouble with this,” said Tromlp, “because they don’t really understand what they’re asking for.”
If you have cognitive distractions, your mental healthcare professional may also refer you to a cognitive psychologist who specializes in cognitive therapy.
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