MIRROR TWO: OVERGENERALIZATION
Cognitive distortions come in two major categories. Some
types have a negative focus twisted in a single specific
direction, and others extend globally. Overgeneralization
is in the second group; it thinks big and goes global.
This mirror casts a broad reflection that is
larger than life. A single negative or difficult episode
expands exponentially in your mind until it characterizes your
entire existence. One bad thing happens, and now you look
on your life as nothing but a veil of tears.
Overgeneralization's negative focus extends globally.
This mirror is easy to recognize because
of its broad reflection. Make no mistake about it, bad
things are going to happen. Nevertheless, it's unusual for
a single bad experience to cast its pall over every area of your
When I was in a serious car accident and
nearly died, it had a massive effect on the remainder of my
life. But broken bones and punctured lungs heal.
Even more important, I made the mental decision that a car
accident wouldn't stop me from continuing to sail around the
world on my yacht and living my dreams.
Trouble may make me stumble, but it will
not make me stop. I made up my mind that I would never
quit working on my dreams until I was sincerely, monumentally,
and completely dead. Until then, it's time to make my
dreams come true.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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