Our Cognition is our thought process and our thoughts have EVERYTHING to do with our feeling and doing (behaviors). Changing one’s way of thinking in order to change how we feel and the choices we make can be challenging.
Our cognition is created over time through what we are told or shown in our environment. This can be through direct verbal messages such as someone putting another down, how we interpret visual cues (e.g., body language), as well as social media messaging (e.g., cyber bullying, texts, etc.). When our cognitions become twisted they take the form of distortions. In the CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) world, these distorted thoughts are often referred to as “negative thinking traps,” as Beck, Burns, and others have documented:
The Big 9 Negative thinking Traps
All of these negative thinking traps are present in any given individual, at one time or another. We often experience these over the years based on what we see around us, what we hear, and what we are taught through the messages we are given. These negative thoughts are often accompanied by feelings of sadness, fear, worry, anger, and hopelessness.
By identifying how and when these negative cognitions become triggered, they can be challenged to allow more realistic thoughts to settle in. This is best done through counseling. I would love to show you how to tame these thinking traps and get some balance back into your life.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with me, Angela N. Lujan, LMHC, MHP, CMHS. She is accepting appointments at our Silverdale location.
Angela N. Lujan, LMHC, MHP, CMHS
NW Family Psychology – Silverdale