Thursday, August 14, 2014

Distorted thinking...

I love this article shared with me by my mom.  There is a lot of value in looking deeply into the kind of "thinking" we spend our time invested in.  It can really shape our daily lives...  Is it positive?  Is it self-sabotaging?  Is it judgmental?  The article mentions a few types of thinking that I feel are quite relevant to us, especially as dancers:

  • bringing negative details to the forefront while ignoring the positive aspects 
  • allowing one tiny mistake to negate the remaining efforts and your success 
Mind Reading
  • you think you know what people think and feel, without them even telling you 
  • then you act on it, or react to it, when it isn't even real 
Catastrophizing (I'm not sure that's a real word?) 
  • thinking you are always in DANGER! 
  • constantly expecting a disaster! (who wants to live like that?!) 
Emotional Reasoning 
  • if you feel something, it must be true 
  • if you feel ugly, you must be ugly
  • stop allowing emotions to flow freely in your head -- sometimes they are just not true! 
Heaven's Reward Fallacy (my personal favorite) 
  • making sacrifice while thinking that someone, somewhere, is keeping score 
  • living a wonderful life is great, but don't beat yourself up if you make a mistake -- there is no one keeping score, and everyone makes mistakes
Don't let this type of thinking control you... it can lead to a distorted self-image and we don't want that!

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