This episode of the Vedge Your Best podcast is all about cognitive distortions–irrational ways of thinking that can distort your perception of reality.
I discuss 10 common cognitive distortions:
- All-or-nothing thinking Viewing things in absolute terms, like seeing oneself as a complete failure for a single mistake.
- Overgeneralization Drawing broad conclusions from a single incident.
- Mental filter Focusing only on the negatives and ignoring the positives.
- Discounting the positive Rejecting positive experiences as insignificant.
- Jumping to conclusions Making negative interpretations without evidence.
- Catastrophizing Blowing things out of proportion.
- Emotional reasoning Believing that feelings reflect objective reality.
- Should statements Motivating oneself with “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts.”
- Labeling and mislabeling Attaching negative labels to oneself or others.
- Personalization Assuming responsibility for things outside one’s control.
These distortions can impact various aspects of life, including the transition to a vegan lifestyle. It’s important to recognize and challenge these distortions to avoid being unnecessarily hard on yourself and to focus on learning and growth instead of self-criticism.