9 common thinking errors

Having negative thoughts about your performance and behaviours as well as blaming yourself for things that aren’t your fault are amongst some of the most common thinking errors the team at BelievePerform come across.

If you are finding yourself agreeing with some of the points below take a moment to perform a body scan to reconnect and challenge these negative thinking patterns.

In this mental health infographic we look at 9 of the most common thinking errors.






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  1. Disqualifying positives – you dismiss any positive experiences.
  2. Shoulds and musts – you think about things in terms of should, musts and ‘oughts.
  3. Black and white thinking – everything is seen as good or bad.
  4. Emotional reasoning – because you feel a certain way you believe it to be true.
  5. Labelling – you assign labels to yourself – ‘I am so stupid.’
  6. Catastrophising – you blow things out of proportion.
  7. Over generalisation – you take one bad event and project it to other areas of your life.
  8. Mind reading – you start predicting the future or jumping to conclusions.
  9. Personalization – you blame yourself for something that was not your fault.
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