341 SelfWork: The Five Mental Mistakes of Depression: 4. Not Seeing The Trees for The Forest 5. Unrealistic Expectations
We’re going to be talking about the last two major mental mistakes or bad habits that can either lead you into depression or be a factor in your depression worsening or sticking around. And those two are over-generalizing – meaning taking one experience or one piece of knowledge and applying it to everything – or what can be aptly described as “not seeing the trees for the forest.” And the last is having unrealistic expectations – not seeing or believing what’s accurate at that moment, but instead holding onto a belief or expectation of what you want or what you believe SHOULD happen instead of what’s actually happening.
I’m working from Dr. Michael Yapko’s brilliant work on how not being able to make effective discriminations in your thinking can cause bad decisions to be made – decisions that keep you believing in something that is only going to lead to more pain. Click this link to see his handouts for the conference I listened to for this episode!
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