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Thoughts alone are not as powerful as often portrayed. It is when we consciously feed or engage with it that it gains power. This key point is what differentiates a thought from a cognitive distortion. Cognitive distortions are not thoughts. They are ways of thinking we actively engage in, sometimes unknowingly. Persistent cognitive distortions can worsen or create mental health issues. Fortunately, distorted thoughts are habits, and we can learn to change them by becoming aware of them.
DISCLAIMER: This video is for informative purposes only. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional mental health advice. Please seek help from a qualified mental health professional if you are struggling.
We also made a video on the different negative thinking styles: https://youtu.be/o96JBXhkybg
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