r example, you might be walking down the street
and think “I feel anxious, so I know something
dangerous is going to happen”, or “I feel so
depressed, this must be the worst place to work
It’s like we’re saying to ourselves “I feel, therefore
it is” - rather than looking at what real evidence
there may be. There might be no other evidence to
suggest that something dangerous might happen, or
that it is the worst place to work in. The only
evidence you may be using is how you feel.
emotional reasoning
This is a style of unhelpful thinking whereby you
base your view of situations, yourself, or others, on
the way you are feeling.
Have you ever felt anxious about something and
thought to yourself, "I know this isn't going to work
out well" and everything turned out just fine? If you
have, it’s likely that you
were using emotional
reasoning. In this case, we
tend to take our emotions
as being evidence for the
entre for
unhelpful thinking styles
emotional reasoning
When a person experiences an unhelpful emotion (eg, depression or anxiety), it is usually preceded by a
number of unhelpful self-statements and thoughts. Often there is a pattern to such thoughts and we call
these, "unhelpful thinking styles". One of the things we have noticed is that people use unhelpful thinking
styles as an automatic habit. It is something that happens out of our awareness. However, when a
person consistently and constantly uses some of these styles of thinking, they can often cause themselves
a great deal of emotional distress. One of these thinking styles is called “emotional reasoning”
Briefly describe the situation. What were the thoughts that went
through your mind?
What feelings did you experience
consequent to your thinking?
Can you think of a situation where you have used this thinking style?
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